Rangers release Tyson Ross

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The Rangers announced that they’ve released right-hander Tyson Ross in order to make room on the roster for Willie Calhoun who, as we noted earlier, was called up today.

Ross only pitched in 12 games — 10 starts — this year for Texas, posting an ugly 7.71 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 36/37 in 49 innings. He only pitched in one game for the Padres last year as a result of thoracic outlet syndrome.  He recovered from that, physically speaking, but his pitching has not rebounded. It’s an open question as to whether he’ll pitch again, actually, and he’ll certainly do no better than a minor league invite next spring.

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).