Sox place Koji Uehara on the disabled list with a pectoral strain

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Being a closer in Boston is hazardous to your health.

Craig Kimbrel is already on the disabled list. Yesterday the Red Sox placed his replacement, Koji Uehara, on the DL as well. The reason: a pectoral muscle strain which he sustained Tuesday night. He underwent an MRI last night which confirmed the strain. John Farrell noted that’s it’s unusual for a pitcher to strain a pec:

“It obviously confirms a strain. To what extent? We’re still getting our arms around that. This is a unique injury for a pitcher. I guess the best thing I can tell you is the MRI does confirm the strain.”

The Red Sox recently picked up Brad Ziegler from the Diamondbacks. He’s now the third closer for Boston this year. Farrell noted, however, that it’s possible that Robbie Ross Jr. or Tommy Layne could pitch in save situations against lefty-heavy lineups, so make it four and five, perhaps


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).