Orioles may pull Manny Machado off market

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Yesterday we heard that Orioles owner Peter Angelos may veto any number of trade possibilities for Manny Machado. Now we’re hearing that the very idea of trading him may be scrapped altogether because the O’s don’t like the offers they’re getting.

Jon Heyman says that Baltimore is “dissatisfied with the trade offers” for Machado and may pull him off the market soon. He says this could happen “as soon as today or tomorrow.” You have to figure it’s a “make your last, best offer for Manny” gambit.

Thing is, the offers may not be that great given that Machado is scheduled to become a free agent next winter, rendering him a one-year rental. The Orioles had been reported to be demanding two top starting pitching prospects, but the idea of giving up that much for one season may be too much for most suitors.

Heyman said the other day that eight offers had been made for Machado. They apparently weren’t great offers.

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).