Pujols back and La Russa's lobbying...Jeter three shy of milestone

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Associated Press

Posted on July 7, 2011 at 4:02 AM

Updated Thursday, Jul 7 at 4:06 AM

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Albert Pujols (POO'-hohls) went 1-for-6 with an RBI in his return to action for the St. Louis Cardinals in their 9-8, 13-inning loss to Cincinnati last night. The three-time National League MVP returned to action nearly a month ahead of schedule after suffering a broken left wrist last month.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Now that Albert Pujols (POO'-hohls) has returned to the St. Louis lineup, Cardinals manager Tony La Russa says he'd love to see the slugger in next Tuesday's All-Star Game as an injury substitution. La Russa's only objection would be if Pujols was part of the Home Run Derby competition, which can take an injury toll on a player.

CLEVELAND (AP) — Derek Jeter went 1-for-3 with a walk last night in a 5-3 loss in Cleveland, leaving him three hits shy of the 3,000 mark. Jeter and the New York Yankees open a homestand tonight against the Tampa Bay Rays.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jury selection in the Roger Clemens' perjury trial in Washington is expected to continue today and could go into next week. Clemens, the former fireballer who won 354 major league games and is one of four hurlers with more than 4,000 strikeouts, is charged with lying to Congress on the issue of performance-enhancing drugs.

NEW YORK (AP) — NFL owners and players find themselves in hurry-up mode as time gets tight to reach labor peace one month before the Hall of Fame game is scheduled to start the preseason on Aug. 7. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') and players association chief DeMaurice Smith plan to return to the negotiations today, along with several owners and players.

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