Video: Giants go back-to-back-to-back on Opening Day

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Is it an even year? The Giants must be good again. The club has won World Series in each of the last three even years — 2014, 2012, and 2010 — leading to a tongue-in-cheek belief of their even-year magic.

It was on full display on Opening Day at Miller Park against the Brewers. The club won convincingly 12-3, in part because of back-to-back-to-back homers hit in the eighth inning against Brewers reliever Ariel Pena.

Denard Span kicked it off with a three-run home run to right field. Joe Panik and Buster Posey followed up with solo shots — Panik to right, Posey to center.

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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).