Giancarlo Stanton headed back to injured list

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After just six games back, Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton is headed back to the injured list, The Athletic’s Lindsey Adler reports. Stanton exited Tuesday’s game against the Blue Jays after suffering a knee injury. It was later revealed he sprained his posterior collateral ligament. The Yankees will call up Mike Tauchman from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre ahead of this weekend’s series against the Red Sox in London.

Stanton, 29, registered seven hits, including a double and a home run, along with seven RBI in 23 trips to the plate in his brief return from the IL. He had previously missed all of April and May before returning on June 18 due to calf, shoulder, and biceps injuries.

This is certainly not the season the Yankees were expecting from Stanton, who is still under contract through 2027. The club has nevertheless managed an outstanding 52-28 record mostly without him.

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).