The Indians and Rays were just about to wrap up an otherwise unremarkable game on Wednesday night when something remarkable happened. Desmond Jennings popped up a Cody Allen fastball into foul territory near third base. Third baseman Juan Uribe went after it but eventually gave way to shortstop Francisco Lindor.
The ball got stuck in the catwalk and Lindor seemed to be bracing for the ball to fall down and hit him as he turned his head town and put his glove over it. The ball never dropped down. Lindor, with a grin on his face, pretended to dive as if it had. Pretty funny stuff.
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Shortly thereafter, the Indians wrapped up a 4-1 victory.
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).