Video: Switch-pitcher Pat Venditte confuses switch-hitter Antoan Richardson

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Major League Baseball has already codified how to handle a situation in which a switch-hitter faces an ambidextrous pitcher. That happened back in 2008, when then-Yankee Pat Venditte was playing at Single-A. He and a switch-hitter went back and forth, countering each other by switching from one side to the other. The Professional Baseball Umpire Corporation created a rule where the switch-pitcher must indicate to the switch-hitter with which hand he intends to throw. The batter can then make his decision.

More ambidextrous comedy was on display Sunday during the ninth inning of Grapefruit League action between the Blue Jays and Pirates. Venditte, now a Blue Jay, faced switch-hitter Antoan Richardson. Richardson asked Venditte which hand he was using, and Venditte indicated left. Richardson, however, put on the wrong batting helmet. (A helmet for a right-handed hitter would have an ear flap to protect his left ear; wearing the wrong helmet leaves the ear exposed.)

Richard fetched his new helmet, and had a chuckle about the situation. Ostensibly joking, Venditte switched his glove from his right hand to his left hand, giving the impression that he would be throwing right-handed. Venditte then went back to throwing from the left side.

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Pujols hits 701st career home run, connects for Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS — Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 701st home run, connecting Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pujols launched a slider from former teammate Johan Oviedo over the Big Mac Land sign in left field at Busch Stadium. The solo drive in the fourth inning made it 1-all.

Pujols faced Oviedo for the first time and made the 24-year-old righty the 456th different pitcher he’s homered against.

The St. Louis star hadn’t homered in a week since hitting No. 699 and 700 at Dodger Stadium last Friday. Pujols had gone 10 at-bats without a home run after two starts and one pinch-hit appearance.

The Busch Stadium crowd gave the 42-year-old Pujols a long standing ovation before he came out of the Cardinals dugout to tip his cap for a curtain call.

Pujols hit his 22nd home run this season for the NL Central champion Cardinals.

Pujols is fourth on the career home run list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).