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Pujols, Cabrera win Silver Slugger Award

New York -- First basemen Albert Pujols of St. Louis and Miguel Cabrera of Detroit were honored with the Silver Slugger Award Thursday.

The award is handed out to the top offensive performer at each position in each league.

Pujols, in his 10th year in the majors, batted .312 with 42 homers and 118 RBI. His home run and RBI totals were tops in the National League. He won the honor for the third straight year and for the sixth time in his career.

Cabrera received the award for the third time after posting a .328 average with 38 homers and 126 RBI.

Cardinals exercise club option on Pujols

St. Louis -- The St. Louis Cardinals said Wednesday they would exercise their option for next year on the contract of slugger Albert Pujols.

The 30-year-old first baseman is coming off his 10th straight season of pounding out at least 30 home runs and driving in at least 100 runs.

In the recently completed season, Pujols led the National League with 42 homers and 118 RBI, while batting .312 with 39 doubles and 115 runs scored.

For his career since 2001, Pujols has collected 408 home runs and 1,230 RBI, with 426 doubles, 1,186 runs scored and a .331 batting average. He has won the National League Most Valuable Player Award three times.

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MLB: St. Louis 8, Chicago Cubs 7

Chicago -- Albert Pujols blasted his 42nd homer of the year Sunday, a three-run shot that helped the St. Louis Cardinals post an 8-7 win over the Chicago Cubs.

Pujols went deep in the first inning to put St. Louis up 3-0 and the Cards were never headed. The Cardinals led 8-0 in the fifth inning but had to hang on to gain their third win in four games.

Matt Pagnozzi drove in three runs and Allen Craig had three hits with an RBI for the second-place Cardinals, who stayed mathematically alive in the National League Central division title hunt.

Jake Westbrook (3-4) got the win despite allowing five hits and five runs in 5 1/3 innings.

Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija (2-2) was pounded for eight runs on seven hits over 4 1/3 innings.

Pujols, Bautista receive monthly awards

New York -- St. Louis first baseman Albert Pujols and Toronto outfielder Jose Bautista were named players of the month for their respective leagues Thursday.

Pujols was selected as National League Player of the Month for August after batting .379 during 26 games. He led the league with 11 homers, posted a .777 slugging percentage, scored 29 times and had 23 RBI.

He hit his 400th career homer during the month. He won the honor for the fifth time in his career.

Bautista was honored in the American League for his 12 homers, 24 RBI and 72 total bases. He had 18 extra-base hits and a slugging percentage of .724. Bautista has 43 homers for the season, which leads the majors.

MLB: St. Louis 10, Pittsburgh 2

Pittsburgh -- Albert Pujols went 3-for-5 and blasted his 399th career homer Monday, powering the St. Louis Cardinals to a 10-2 rout of Pittsburgh.

Pujols' three-run shot came in the first inning and gave the Cards a quick lead. Yadier Molina added an RBI single later in the frame and St. Louis eased to a victory in the first of three games at PNC Park.

Molina finished with three hits and a pair of RBI and John Jay chipped in with two hits and a run driven in for St. Louis, which posted its third straight win.

Kyle Lohse (2-5) went 5 1/3 innings to pick up his first victory since May 17 for the Cards, who entered the contest in second place, 3 1/2 games behind Cincinnati in the National League Central.

MLB: St. Louis 8, Houston 4

St. Louis -- Albert Pujols highlighted an early St. Louis offensive surge with a three-run homer Wednesday and the Cardinals went on to defeat Houston 8-4.

The Astros had a seven-game winning streak snapped one night after they scored 18 runs against the Cardinals.

St. Louis scored seven times during the first two innings and stayed within one game of Cincinnati for the lead in the National League Central. The Reds defeated Pittsburgh earlier in the day.

Felipe Lopez drew a leadoff walk in the first off J.A. Happ (2-1) and went to third on a double by Pujols. Matt Holliday, Allen Craig, Yadier Molina and pitcher Chris Carpenter then all singled during a span of five batters -- each of them driving in a run.

MLB: St. Louis 8, N.Y. Mets 7 (13 inn.)

New York -- Albert Pujols singled in Skip Schumaker from third with two out in the 13th inning Wednesday, giving the St. Louis Cardinals an 8-7 win over the New York Mets.

New York trailed by six runs before it came to bat for the first time, then rallied to tie it in the eighth.

Although both sides threatened in the ninth, neither could put a runner in scoring position in extra innings until the Cardinals broke through in the 13th for a win that kept them tied for with Cincinnati for first place in the National League Central.

MLB: St. Louis 11, Cincinnati 6

Cincinnati -- Albert Pujols hit two of four St. Louis homers Monday and Yadier Molina had a grand slam in bringing the Cardinals an 11-6 win over Cincinnati.

It was the first four-homer opening day in the history of the Cardinals.
Pujols, winner of the National League MVP award each of the last two seasons, went 4-for-5. He hit a solo homer in the first and added a two-run blast in the seventh.

The Cardinals had a two-run lead before producing five runs in the ninth -- four of them coming on Molina's blast.

Chris Carpenter claimed the victory, giving up two runs on five hits with three strikeouts in six innings.

Joey Votto and Scott Rolen hit homers for Cincinnati in the fourth.

Cards' Pujols day-to-day with back pain

Jupiter -- St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols has undergone treatment for a tight lower back, the team said Monday.

Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak said on the team's Web site an MRI examination was performed to pinpoint the pain in Pujols' back, followed by an injection of anti-inflammatory drugs at the team's spring training facility in Jupiter, Fla.

Mozeliak said the St. Louis star is considered day-to-day.

The injury is the same one that sidelined Pujols for a week earlier this spring.

During March, Pujols has appeared in seven of the Cardinals' 18 exhibition contests, during which he has batted .238 average and hit one home run.

Pujols has surgery on right elbow

St. Louis -- St. Louis first baseman Albert Pujols had surgery Wednesday on bone spurs and bone chips in his right elbow, the Cardinals said.

The National League team termed the operation, performed by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., "successful." The arthroscopic procedure was a "debridement" of bone spurs in addition to the removal of bone chips from Pujols's throwing arm elbow.

The operation was unrelated to a nerve operation Pujols had last year.

The Cardinals said Pujols was expected to immediately begin rehabilitation and should be ready to play by spring training next year.