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March 12, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
A new clubhouse, new manager and new league mean nothing to Albert Pujols' attention to being a creature of habit. “I'm keeping the same routine,” the three-time National League MVP said Monday before the Angels played the visiting Dodgers at Diablo Stadium. “It's worked the same for 11 years. No reason to change.” Part of Pujols' program is to “wake up, take shower and get here” to the field, a schedule that makes him one of the first to arrive at the field. “It's not like I have to race be the first here.
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April 9, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
KEY MOMENT: Of the 41 runs given up this season by the Angels, 28 have come with two outs, including 23 by the Mariners, who were poised to strike again in the third inning when they put runners on second and third with two outs. But right-hander Garrett Richards struck out cleanup hitter Justin Smoak swinging at a nasty curve in the dirt to snuff out the threat. AT THE PLATE: Albert Pujols crushed his second home run in as many days, a two-run shot to left field in the third inning that moved the slugger past Lou Gehrig and Fred McGriff and into 26th on the all-time list with 494 home runs.
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October 17, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
Angels first baseman Albert Pujols underwent knee surgery last week, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported late Wednesday night. The arthroscopic procedure is considered minor, the newspaper reported, and Pujols is expected to be ready for spring training. Angels spokesman Tim Mead did not immediately return a message seeking comment. Pujols is believed to have injured the knee on Aug. 22 , in a game against the Boston Red Sox. He sat out the next four games, then was restricted to designated hitter for 24 of his final 33 games.
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April 8, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Mariners 5, Angels 3 KEY MOMENT: Angels left-hander Hector Santiago struck out Brad Miller for what appeared to be the third out of the third inning, but his strike-three wild pitch went to the backstop, allowing Miller to reach base. That sparked a four-run rally, as Robinson Cano walked, Justin Smoak hit a run-scoring single and Corey Hart hit a towering three-run homer to left on an 0-2 fastball for a 4-3 Seattle lead. BOX SCORE: Mariners 5, Angels 3 AT THE PLATE: Mike Trout singled, Albert Pujols crushed a two-run homer to left, and David Freese followed with a solo shot to center for a 3-0 Angels lead in the first.
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December 7, 2011 | By Mike DiGiovanna, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The Angels, perhaps sensing they are about to lose free-agent pitcher C.J. Wilson to the Miami Marlins, jumped head-first into the bidding for slugger Albert Pujols on Wednesday night, according to two people who are familiar with negotiations but not authorized to speak about them publicly. It appeared Pujols would be headed back to the St. Louis Cardinals after the Marlins reportedly pulled their offer, believed to be for 10 years and more than $200 million, off the table earlier Wednesday.
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May 6, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
  The Angels' Albert Pujols ended his career-long home-run drought Sunday, cracking a two-run home run into the Angels bullpen in left field in the fifth inning of Sunday's game with the Toronto Blue Jays at Angel Stadium. The home run came on a 2-2 pitch from Toronto right-hander Drew Hutchison. The crowd, which had booed Pujols when he struck out an inning earlier, came to its feet and gave the slugger a long, loud ovation, but Pujols did not acknowledge that with a curtain call.
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June 22, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
The Angels' Albert Pujols went into Saturday's game against Pittsburgh with five multi-hit games in his last seven starts and batting .329 with 16 runs batted in in his last 18 games - numbers that have lifted his season average to .265, the highest it's been in nearly two months. And although June has always been good to Pujols - he has a .328 career average for the month - Angels Manager Mike Scioscia said a big contributing factor in this year's hot streak could be Pujols' ability to deal with the painful plantar fasciitis in his left foot that has limited his ability to run and affected his swing.
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February 11, 2012 | Times staff
The Pujols file Name: Jose Alberto Pujols Nicknames: Prince Albert, Phat Albert, The Machine Birth date: Jan. 16, 1980 Hometown: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Family: Wife, Deidre, and four children Height: 6 feet 3 Weight: 230 pounds Bats/throws: Right/right Drafted: 13th round, No. 402 overall, 1999 Honors: Nine-time All-Star (2001, 2003-10); three-time National League MVP (2005, 2008-09)
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June 20, 2011 | Staff and wire reports
St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols will be out an estimated six weeks because of a fractured left wrist, a devastating blow for a franchise hit hard by injuries this season. The team announced the results of an MRI exam and CT scan Monday, one day after the three-time National League most valuable player was injured during a home game against Kansas City. The team said that Pujols has a non-displaced fracture of his left radius and that his arm is in a splint, and General Manager John Mozeliak referred to the injury as a fractured wrist.
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February 11, 2012 | Times staff
A true 'slugger' Pujols has led the National League in slugging percentage three times, and his career mark places him in heady company on Major League Baseball's all-time list: Rk.; Name; Years; Hits; 2B; 3B; HR; Slugging % 1.; Babe Ruth; 22; 2,873; 506; 136; 714; .690 2.; Ted Williams; 19; 2,654; 525; 71; 521; .634 3.; Lou Gehrig; 17; 2,721; 534; 163; 493; .632 4.; Albert Pujols; 11; 2,073; 455; 15; 445; .617...
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April 6, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Astros 7, Angels 4 KEY MOMENT: There were five of them, actually, Jason Castro's two-run homer to left-center in the first, solo shots by Matt Dominguez to left in the second, Jesus Guzman to left in the fourth and Alex Presley to right-center in the fifth, and Jonathan Villar's two-run shot to right off Angels reliever Matt Shoemaker in the seventh that gave the Astros a commanding 7-1 lead. AT THE PLATE: The Angels (2-4) rallied for three runs in the ninth when Albert Pujols singled, Josh Hamilton doubled, Raul Ibanez hit a two-run single, Howie Kendrick singled, and Erick Aybar hit run-scoring single to make it 7-4 and bring the tying run to the plate.
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April 5, 2014 | Mike DiGiovanna
Maybe Lucas Harrell's four-pitch walk of Mike Trout with the bases loaded and two outs in the second inning Friday was simply a byproduct of the control problems the Houston Astros right-hander had throughout his shaky three-inning start against the Angels. Surely, the Astros wouldn't pitch around Trout -- and concede a run -- so early in the game to face one of the baseball's most vaunted sluggers, Albert Pujols, the three-time National League most valuable player who has hit more home runs against Houston (48)
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March 30, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
For more than two decades, the West Coast has played the part of Major League Baseball's strange uncle. You know, the one who is invited to the family reunion but hardly ever gets to sit at the head table. In the last 22 seasons, only three teams west of the Rockies - the team and the mountain range - have won a World Series. In 17 of those seasons, a team from the Pacific time zone didn't even advance to the game's biggest showcase. However, the tide may be turning. In the National League, San Francisco has won two of the last three championships and the Dodgers, with the game's highest payroll and best pitcher in 26-year-old Clayton Kershaw, seem poised to begin a dynasty.
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March 30, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Mike Trout could have another monster season. Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton could bounce back from career-worst years. Joe Smith and Sean Burnett could add much-needed depth and reliability to the bullpen. And it might not matter. For the Angels to end their four-year playoff drought, they will need six months of consistently strong pitching from a rotation that has little margin for error or injury. The projected starters should be better than the 2013 group, though inexperience at the back of the rotation is a cause for concern.
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March 29, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Angels 6, Dodgers 2 AT THE PLATE: On the day he signed his six-year, $144.5-million contract extension, Angels center fielder Mike Trout singled and hit a solo home run in his first two at-bats. Kole Calhoun hit a three-run home run to right field in the second inning, and Albert Pujols and David Freese had run-scoring doubles in the first. Utility man Chone Figgins hit a two-run double into shallow right field in the third inning for the Dodgers, who pulled their starters after one at-bat.
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March 23, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Angels 5, Indians 2 AT THE PLATE: Albert Pujols had an eventful day, hitting a run-scoring triple to right-center in the first inning - his first triple as an Angel - getting hit in the left elbow by a pitch in the third and doubling to left in the fifth. Josh Hamilton singled twice and drove in two runs with outs, and Ian Stewart, making a late push for a utility spot, hit a solo homer in the eighth. ON THE MOUND: Reliever Michael Kohn entered with a 7.36 earned-run average in eight spring appearances, walking four and striking out nine in 7 1/3 innings and struggling to find his rhythm.
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March 5, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna, This post has been updated, as indicated below
Albert Pujols hit a run-scoring double and a single Monday in his first two at-bats in an Angels uniform. Pujols, the former St. Louis Cardinals star who signed a 10-year, $240-million deal with the Angels in December, followed singles by Erick Aybar and Howie Kendrick with a double to left in the first inning of an exhibition game against the Oakland Athletics. Pujols then followed Kendrick's two-run home run to center in the second inning with a single to left, but he was stranded, as Torii Hunter lined out to second to end the inning.
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February 10, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
A potentially nasty legal battle between Angels slugger Albert Pujols and former St. Louis Cardinals slugger Jack Clark was avoided Monday when Clark issued a public apology for last summer's comments accusing Pujols of using performance-enhancing drugs. Pujols, in turn, said he would drop the defamation lawsuit he filed in St. Louis County in October that accused Clark of disseminating “malicious, reckless and outrageous falsehoods” about him in an attempt to “generate attention and ratings” for Clark's new sports-radio talk show.
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March 19, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
PHOENIX -- The Angels' first-team offense played together for the first time this spring. It was quite a first impression: The varsity lineup played six innings and scored in every one of them. Mike Trout homered, Albert Pujols doubled twice and Howie Kendrick singled three times, sparking the Angels to a 14-10 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday. The Angels ranked sixth in the American League in runs last season. They expect to do better this season, if they can keep Trout, Pujols and Josh Hamilton out of the training room.
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March 17, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
TEMPE, Ariz. -- It had been a calf injury that delayed Josh Hamilton's Cactus League debut until Monday. He singled for his first hit, then took off for second base. For the Angels, that was as good a sign as any. The swing might not be there yet, but the legs are back. "It felt good," Hamilton said. "I did all the things you're supposed to be able to do on the field. " On Monday he did, since the Angels limited him to designated hitter in a game against the San Francisco Giants.
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