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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 25, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
AT THE PLATE: Erick Aybar, who tweaked his stance last Monday so he is more upright in the box, had four hits and four runs. With 11 hits in 17 at-bats in four games, he has raised his average from .175 to .275. Howie Kendrick, who had three hits and scored three runs, is hitting .425 (17 for 40) in his last nine games. Since the start of 2006, Kendrick's .357 mark (74 for 207) against the Yankees is the best among players with at least 200 at-bats against them. Hank Conger had two run-scoring doubles and an RBI single.
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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 24, 2014 | By David Wharton
MESA, Ariz. -- In his first competition since coming out of retirement, Michael Phelps finished second to Ryan Lochte in the 100-meter butterfly at a Grand Prix event Thursday evening. The longtime rivals provided their sport with a fast, close race before a sold-out crowd and reporters from around the world. Lochte finished in 51.93 seconds, the second fastest time in the event this year. Phelps was .2 seconds behind. An upbeat Lochte said that, as they swam neck-and-neck at the turn, he peeked over at Phelps and "almost started smiling.
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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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April 23, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
Hopefully, when he hit his 500th home run, Albert Pujols sent a thank-you card to Ryan Dempster. Dempster, who retired after last season, gave up eight homers to Pujols in his career, the most of any pitcher. You can discover who is next on that list, along with a host of other information, with our new online Pujols graphic that breaks down all 500 of his homers. Other things of note: --Pujols has hit more homers against the Chicago Cubs than any other team. --Pujols' 100th home run was hit off of Dodgers left-hander Odalis Perez.
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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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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 23, 2014 | By Chris Foster
Albert Pujols joined the 500 home run club Tuesday, hitting two in the Angels' 7-2 victory over the Washington Nationals. He joined another club, as well. A group of three players who reached career milestones as Angels. Those three players have two things in common: None helped the Angels win a World Series, and all chose to go into the Hall of Fame wearing another team's uniform. Reggie Jackson belted his 500th home run against the Kansas City Royals in Anaheim Stadium on Sept.
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April 23, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
WASHINGTON -- Albert Pujols was so wired -- and so busy talking and texting friends around baseball -- after hitting his 500th career home run Tuesday night that the Angels slugger didn't get to sleep until about 4 a.m. and managed only three or four hours of sleep, at best. “Trust me, I was trying to sleep,” Pujols said before Wednesday night's series finale against the Washington Nationals. “I knew we had a game today. I'm a bad sleeper no matter what. So, it's not that I need an excuse.
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April 23, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
Hopefully, when he hit his 500th home run, Albert Pujols sent a thank-you card to Ryan Dempster. Dempster, who retired after last season, gave up eight homers to Pujols in his career, the most of any pitcher. You can discover who is next on that list, along with a host of other information, with our new online Pujols graphic that breaks down all 500 of his homers. Other things of note: --Pujols has hit more homers against the Chicago Cubs than any other team. --Pujols' 100th home run was hit off of Dodgers left-hander Odalis Perez.
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April 23, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
AT THE PLATE: The Angels scored twice in the sixth to take a 2-1 lead when Mike Trout walked, Albert Pujols hit a run-scoring double and Erick Aybar hit a run-scoring single. David Freese ended an 0-for-14 skid when he doubled to left-center and later scored on a wild pitch in the seventh, and Trout had a run-scoring single in the ninth. Pujols, who also singled in the first, struck out with the bases loaded to end the ninth. Aybar was seven for 12 in the series to raise his average from .175 to .240.
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April 23, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
The number that matters most is not 500. The number that matters most is 0. That is the number of major league players that have hit more home runs this season than Albert Pujols. He got a mighty sweet serenade in the visiting clubhouse in Washington on Tuesday night after he hit his 500th home run. But the Angels are not paying him a quarter-billion dollars for reminders of how great he was when he played for the St. Louis Cardinals. INTERACTIVE: Compare salaries on Angels, Nationals If that really is the classic Pujols back at-bat, that would be a big swing toward an October different from the last two, when he and the Angels stayed home and the Pujols-less Cardinals advanced deep into the playoffs.
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April 23, 2014
WASHINGTON — Albert Pujols didn't hit his 500th home run in front of a hometown crowd, but at least he was able to hit it to an Angels fan. Tom Sherrill, a 29-year-old Air Force staff sergeant from Pomona who is in town for computer training, retrieved the ball Pujols hit for his milestone homer into the left-center field seats in Nationals Park and presented it to the Angels slugger after the game. "I've been an Angels fan for 20 years, and I had no intentions other than to give the ball to Albert," Sherrill said.
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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 22, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Albert Pujols is the focal point of the Angels' 2012 marketing campaign, which includes 70 billboards throughout Southern California, most featuring the new slugger and several that refer to the former St. Louis Cardinals star as "El Hombre," The Man. Pujols, however, asked the St. Louis media and fans two years ago to refrain from calling him "El Hombre" because he felt it was disrespectful to Cardinals Hall of Famer Stan "The Man" Musial....
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April 23, 2014 | By David Wharton
Michael Phelps will launch his comeback from retirement on Thursday, but the 22-time Olympic medalist won't make any promises about competing at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games. "I'm doing this because I want to get back in the water," he said at a Wednesday afternoon news conference. "I'm having fun. " Phelps will compete in the Arena Grand Prix in Mesa, Ariz., this week. He is scheduled to swim in only one event Thursday morning, sticking with the 100-meter butterfly after announcing that he will skip the 100-meter freestyle.
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April 22, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
AT THE PLATE: J.B. Shuck led off the game with a double to left field and Mike Trout reached on an error ahead of Albert Pujols' three-run home run. Howie Kendrick, who had two hits, doubled to right-center field in the first and scored on Chris Iannetta's two-out single to left for a 4-0 lead. Trout singled ahead of Pujols' 500th home run, in the fifth, and Erick Aybar, who had three hits Monday night, doubled to left for his second hit, stole second and scored on David Freese's sacrifice fly in the eighth.
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