Stephen Vogt signs a deal with the Brewers avoiding arbitration

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Jerry Crasnik of ESPN reports that Stephen Vogt has agreed to a $3.065 million deal with the Brewers to avoid salary arbitration. Vogt, who was acquired from the A’s in June, was a potential non-tender candidate before this evening’s non-tender deadline.

Vogt hit .233/.285/.423 with 12 homers and 40 RBI for the entire 2017 season, though his numbers improved after coming over to Milwaukee, particularly in the slugging department.

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).