Adrian Beltre will be out a minimum of four weeks

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Last night Adrian Beltre left the Rangers-Astros game with a strained hamstring after he came up limping on an attempt to field a ground ball. Today he had an MRI and we now know how bad the damage is. Pretty bad: the Rangers just announced that he has a Grade 2 strain, which will put him out of action for a minimum of four weeks.

There are just over four weeks left in the regular season, of course, so unless the Rangers make up the four games separating them from the Twins for the second Wild Card spot — and leapfrog multiple other teams while they’re at it — his season is over. Heck, even if they make the playoffs, it’d be hard to imagine the 38-year-old Beltre making it back in time.

If his season is over, it ends with him hitting .315/.393/.553 with 16 home runs and 66 RBI in 341 plate appearances.

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).