Reporting from Tempe, Ariz. — The Angels' two marquee -- and expensive -- free-agent additions got off to strong starts with their new club Monday, Albert Pujols collecting two hits in three at-bats and C.J. Wilson throwing two scoreless innings in a 9-1 exhibition victory over the Oakland Athletics.
Pujols, who signed a 10-year, $240-million deal, hit a run-scoring double in the first inning and singled to left in the second. The first baseman flied to right with the bases loaded to end the third inning and played four innings in the field.
"Believe it or not, I was nervous," said Pujols, the former St. Louis Cardinalsstar and three-time National League most valuable player. "I felt it when I was stretching. It's natural. It's my 13th season, and I still feel it. That means you're getting yourself ready for a game."
Wilson, the former Texas Rangers ace who signed a five-year, $77.5-million deal with the Angels, gave up one hit and one walk while throwing all fastballs and changeups.