TEMPE, Ariz. — Apparently Albert Pujols doesn't need his knee to hit.
The Angels have gone slow this spring with their first baseman, who underwent offseason surgery on his right knee. But his swing looked to be in midseason form Saturday when Pujols crushed a majestic solo home run off Colorado's Juan Nicasio in the third inning of the Angels' 8-6 loss to the Rockies before a crowd of 9,288 at Tempe Diablo Stadium.
Pujols, who has yet to play the field this spring, was making just his second start of the Cactus League season, both as the designated hitter.
The Rockies took an early 3-0 lead, scoring three times on five hits against Angels starter Jason Vargas in the second. But the Angels came right back in their half of the inning to score three runs of their own, the first two coming on Peter Bourjos' triple to the wall in left-center.