The Chicago Cubs plane to Los Angeles got diverted

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Jon Morosi if MLB Network reports that the Chicago Cubs flight from Washington to Los Angeles was diverted to Albuquerque, New Mexico due to an ill family member on board. The extent of the family member’s illness and who it was has not been reported, but the plane was still on the ground in New Mexico as of an hour ago.

The Cubs were supposed to get in to L.A. early this morning, catch some sleep and have a light workout and media session at Dodger Stadium this afternoon. That schedule is probably off now. Game 1 of the NLCS is Saturday evening, so they have tonight to try to get back on schedule.

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).