The Royals signed Kyle Lohse. Yes, Kyle Lohse.

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Here’s a name I haven’t heard in a while: Kyle Lohse. As in, “the Royals have signed Kyle Lohse to a minor league deal.”

Lohse is 39 and hasn’t pitched since 2016, when he gave up 13 runs on 15 hits in two starts (9.1 IP) for the Rangers. I would’ve bet a pretty tidy sum of money that that was the end of his 16-year career, but stranger things have happened I suppose.

Worth noting too, that this is a zero-cost depth move, not a situation in which the Royals are asking Lohse to actually do anything other than go to Omaha and eat innings with anything else being a bonus. If he does appear in the bigs this year it’ll likely be after the Royals are well out of it, with his arm taking the heat in meaningless games rather than arms that, one day, will be throwing pitches that matter more.

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).