What’s on Tap: Previewing Thursday’s action

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There are a handful of games being played this evening, but everyone’s eyes will be on the MLB Draft, which starts at 7 PM EDT. We’ll have a post on that with rolling updates so make sure you check that out. The Phillies pick first, but there is no absolute No. 1 pick, so it will be interesting to see how the first five picks or so pan out.

The rest of Thursday’s action…

Pittsburgh Pirates (Jeff Locke) @ Colorado Rockies (Chad Bettis), 5:10 PM EDT

Los Angeles Angels (Jhoulys Chacin) @ New York Yankees (Ivan Nova), 7:05 PM EDT

Baltimore Orioles (Tyler Wilson) @ Toronto Blue Jays (Marcus Stroman), 7:07 PM EDT

St. Louis Cardinals (Adam Wainwright) @ Cincinnati Reds (Brandon Finnegan), 7:10 PM EDT

Miami Marlins (Tom Koehler) @ Minnesota Twins (Ervin Santana), 8:10 PM EDT

New York Mets (Bartolo Colon) @ Milwaukee Brewers (Jimmy Nelson), 8:10 PM EDT

Washington Nationals (Gio Gonzalez) @ Chicago White Sox (Miguel Gonzalez), 8:10 PM EDT

Cleveland Indians (Josh Tomlin) @ Seattle Mariners (Nathan Karns), 10:10 PM EDT

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).