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La Russa, Pujols To Attend Rally In D.C.

Cardinals manager Tony La Russa and first baseman Albert Pujols will join former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin as honorees for a Saturday event organized by Fox News talk show host Glenn Beck.

La Russa says the pair's role will be nonpolitical.

"It has absolutely nothing to do with politics," La Russa said. "Otherwise, he would not be involved. For anybody to look at it differently, they're making a big mistake. ... It's got nothing to do with politics with any issue on either side."

La Russa will present an award to Pujols during the rally to be held on the 47th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech at the site where it was delivered.


Pujols Hits 400th Home Run

At 30 years, 222 days, Albert Pujols became the third-youngest player to hit 400 homers.

Only Alex Rodriguez and Ken Griffey, Jr. were younger when they hit their 400th.

"It's a special milestone," Pujols said, "but I don't play for numbers."


Slumping Cardinals, Umpires Getting To La Russa

Madison Bumgarner pitched into the eighth inning and the Giants got home runs from Pablo Sandoval and Aubrey Huff, sending the Cardinals to their season-worst fifth straight loss with a 6-3 victory on Friday night.

The slump is getting to Cardinals manager Tony La Russa, who complained about home plate umpire Gary Cederstrom?s calls in the ninth inning while Brian Wilson was finishing for his 35th save in 38 chances.

?You can go ahead and fine me, I don?t care,? La Russa said. ?There were several strikes, a guy as good as Brian Wilson, he doesn?t need. Who knows how that inning would have been??

Via AP

Cardinals Acquire Feliz From Astros

The Cardinals have acquired third baseman Pedro Feliz from the Astros.

St. Louis will send minor league pitcher David Carpenter to Houston for the much-needed help at third base.


Giants Trying To Block Third Baseman From Reaching Cards, Braves

The Giants may be trying to keep a third baseman from reaching the Cardinals and Braves through the waiver process, according to ESPN's Buster Olney.

"Heard this: There is a perception among some GMs that the Giants are trying to prevent third basemen from reaching the Cardinals or ... Braves in the waiver process -- which makes sense, because SF is competing with those teams for the playoffs," Olney wrote on his Twitter page.

San Francisco holds a .5 game lead on St. Louis for the National League Wild Card. Atlanta has a 2.5 game lead over San Francisco, but they currently lead the NL East.

Via Buster Olney/ESPN (via Twitter)

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