Craig Gentry exits game with middle finger laceration

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Orioles’ outfielder Craig Gentry left the fourth inning of Friday’s game against the Blue Jays after sustaining a right middle finger laceration. The club has yet to elaborate on the cause of the injury or release a timeline for Gentry’s return.

The 33-year-old outfielder entered the game in the second inning to relieve starting center fielder Adam Jones, who was tossed after arguing balls and strikes following his swinging strikeout in the first inning. Like Jones, Gentry also struck out in his lone at-bat of the night and was replaced by Joey Rickard in the fourth, who went 0-for-3 against an airtight Toronto defense.

It’s poor timing for Gentry, who finally looked like he had bested a string of injuries dating back through 2011. He has yet to serve a stint on the disabled list this season, and hasn’t sustained any serious hand injuries since fracturing his right hand on an attempted bunt in 2014. He entered Friday’s competition batting .260/.336/.390 with two home runs and a .726 OPS through 116 PA for Baltimore.

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).