Martin Prado won’t be ready for the start of the regular season

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MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro reports that Marlins third baseman Martin Prado had a setback with his surgically-repaired right knee and won’t be ready for the start of the regular season. As a result, Brian Anderson will be the club’s starting third baseman on Opening Day, Frisaro notes.

Prado, 34, played in only 37 games last season, batting a meager .250/.279/.357 with a pair of home runs and 12 RBI in 147 plate appearances.

Anderson, 24, hit .262/.337/.369 with eight extra-base hits in 95 PA last season. MLB Pipeline ranks Anderson as the Marlins’ ninth-best prospect.

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).