Kevin Gausman involved in collision around home plate with Jeimer Candelario

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Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman and Tigers third baseman Jeimer Candelario were involved in a collision near home plate in the second inning of Monday’s Grapefruit League game. Gausman suffered a laceration near his left eye and left with a trainer. Candelario stayed in the game and drew a walk but was replaced with a pinch-runner and walked off the field with a trainer when he reached second base. The collision occurred because Gausman was running to back up home plate on an RBI single by Leonys Martin and Candelario was positioning himself to be able to help Tigers base runner Jason Krizan.

Gausman appeared to be relatively fine after the game, according to Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun. The right-hander joked that the cut gave him a good look, making him appear tougher. He ended the day responsible for five runs (all earned) on six hits and a walk with two strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings.

Candelario’s status is not yet known, but the Tigers should pass along an update before the day is over. Candelario singled along with the walk, finishing 1-for-1 on the afternoon. [Update: Candelario has a bruised left knee, per Chris McCosky.]

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).