Nerve issues have sidelined the 38-year-old right-hander since before the start of spring training this season, and it appeared his career might be in jeopardy.
The Royals' George Brett, now the team's interim hitting coach, recalled that on the day he hit the famous home run in 1983, he didn't think the controversy "was that big of a deal." But now he hears about it on a regular basis. "Pretty much every time I play golf," he said. "They always want to check my clubs for pine tar."
Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright picked up his National League-tying 12th win with seven scoreless innings and Matt Holliday hit his team-high 13th home run to lead the Cardinals to a 9-5 win over the Astros on Tuesday night.
James Shields escaped early trouble when Lorenzo Cain ran down a deep drive with the bases loaded, Billy Butler and David Lough backed their ace with home runs and the Royals handed the New York Yankees their third straight loss, 3-1 Tuesday night.
St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, who has been among the best players in the league the first half of the season, was sent for medical tests on his right knee and did not play in victories against the Marlins on Saturday and Sunday.
Alex Gordon will be joined at Citi Field in New York on July 16 by catcher Salvador Perez, giving the Royals two representatives at the All-Star game for the first time in a decade.
Kansas City's Jarrod Dyson delivered an infield single with the bases loaded and two outs on Saturday to send home the winning run in a 4-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics.
St. Louis' Jon Jay scored from first base on a single after right fielder Giancarlo Stanton's throwing error with two outs in the ninth for a 5-4 victory over the Miami Marlins on Saturday.
Max Scherzer became the first pitcher to begin the season with 13 wins and no losses since Roger Clemens won his first 14 decisions for the Boston Red Sox in 1986.
Regular Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez entered as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning and delivered a bases-loaded double, sending the Royals to a 10-7 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday.
Kansas City waited out a lengthy rain delay, and then another delay when the stadium lights went out in a 6-5 victory earned with Eric Hosmer's home run in the seventh inning.
Jon Jay had three RBIs, including a two-run home run during St. Louis' seven-run second inning, and the Cardinals ended Los Angeles' seven-game winning streak with a 12-2 rout on Wednesday night.
Kansas City's Alex Gordon was tracking a fly ball in the sixth inning when he got turned around near the fencing of the Royals' bullpen. He banged into the fence and then landed hard on the warning track dirt.
Pujols, a three-time NL MVP, spent his first 11 seasons with the Cardinals before signing a $240 million, 10-year contract with the Angels in December 2011. He went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts and a walk as the designated hitter in the Los Angeles Angels 5-1 victory Tuesday night.
Alex Gordon hit a tying grand slam in the fifth inning Tuesday night for the Royals, but the Cleveland Indians wound up drawing eight walks in a 6-5 victory over Kansas City.
The Pittsburgh Pirates surpassed St. Louis for the best record in baseball and the lead in the NL Central over the weekend.
Adam Wainwright tossed a five-hitter in St. Louis' 7-1 victory Saturday over the Oakland Athletics to become the NL's second 11-game winner.
Kyle Gibson, a former Missouri pitcher, allowed two runs and eight hits, and struck out five to win his major league debut Saturday in a 6-2 victory over the Royals.
Kansas City pitcher Jeremy Guthrie lost his third straight start with the Royals falling 3-1 to the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night, but he could hardly be faulted for this one.
Alex Gordon's fly ball into shallow left field was just deep enough to allow David Lough to score from second base to give the Kansas City Royals a 4-3 victory Wednesday night over the Atlanta Braves.