Brewers sign Chase Anderson to a two-year extension

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The Milwaukee Brewers have signed starter Chase Anderson to a two-year contract through the 2019 season, with club options for 2020 and 2021. The extension buys out the rest of his arbitration eligibility and an additional year.

The deal guarantees Anderson $11.75 million and can max out at $31.35 million over four years. He will earn $4.25 million in 2018 and $6 million 2019. The 2020 option is worth $8.5 million or a $500k buyout $9.5 million for 2021 with a $500k buyout.

Anderson had a breakout year in 2017, going 12-4 with a 2.74 ERA in 25 starts, setting career highs for wins and strikeouts (133).

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).