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Youth is served: Pujols in 400 Club

Albert Pujols hit his 400th home run Thursday night, becoming the 47th major league player to reach the milestone.

The St. Louis Cardinals slugger led off the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals by sending an 0-1 fastball from starter Jordan Zimmermann into the right-center seats.

At 30 years, 222 days, Pujols became the third-youngest player to reach 400 homers. Alex Rodriguez hit No. 400 at 29 years, 316 days, and Ken Griffey Jr. reached the mark at 30 years, 141 days.

Pujols’ drive broke a three-way tie with Al Kaline and Andres Galarraga for 47th place on baseball’s career list.

As soon as he completed his swing, Pujols stood and admired the shot. He was mobbed by teammates when he returned to the dugout after cutting the Nationals’ lead to 3-2.

The game eventually lasted 13 innings, and the Nationals won, 11-10.

METS’ REYES HURT AGAIN

New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes left Thursday night’s game against Florida after aggravating a right oblique strain that caused him to miss the All-Star Game last month.

Reyes snapped an 0-for-11 skid with a single in the second inning off Anibal Sanchez. The speedster rounded first and didn’t appear to be hurt, but first base coach Razor Shines summoned a trainer from the dugout to check on him.

A couple of moments later, Reyes left to a smattering of boos. He didn’t even take off his batting helmet before plopping down on the bench.

SHORT HOPS

Hard-throwing right-hander Hector Rondon, the Cleveland Indians’ minor league pitcher of the year in 2009, has undergone reconstructive Tommy John elbow surgery. … The Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg had his second MRI in less than a week. The results will be announced today.

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