Report: Diamondbacks sign Junior Guerra to one-year contract

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Kyle Lesniewski of SB Nation’s Brew Crew Ball reports that the Diamondbacks have signed pitcher Junior Guerra to a one-year deal that includes an option for 2021. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic confirms the report. Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic adds that the deal is for $2.55 million.

Guerra, who turns 35 years old next month, was non-tendered by the Brewers last week as he was projected to earn $3.5 million in his first year of arbitration eligibility. This past season, his first as a full-time reliever, the right-hander posted a 3.55 ERA with 77 strikeouts and 36 walks over 83 2/3 innings. The Brewers commonly used Guerra for more than three outs as he did so in 23 of his 72 appearances.

Guerra will add depth to a Diamondbacks bullpen that sorely needs it, joining an amalgam of players bridging the gap to closer Archie Bradley.

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).