March 8, 2012 |
Albert Pujols is back in the Angels lineup, playing first base and batting third, and right-hander Dan Haren will make his exhibition debut against the Cleveland Indians in a noon PST game at Goodyear Ballpark. Vernon Wells is also batting cleanup and playing center field after drawing walks in each of his first two exhibition starts. Wells drew walks in consecutive games only once during a career-worst 2011 season, when he hit .218 with a .248 on-base percentage, 25 homers, 66 runs batted in and 20 walks.
May 3, 2012 |
The irony isn't lost on Jeff Mathis, the notoriously weak-hitting Toronto Blue Jays reserve catcher who in a mere 17 at-bats this season has two more home runs than Albert Pujols, who now dons the No. 5 Angels jersey Mathis wore from 2005-2011. How can it not be when just about every writer, broadcaster or fan Mathis comes into contact with brings up the fact that, entering Thursday night's game against the Angels, Mathis has out-homered the $240-million slugger who has 445 career homers but none in 101 at-bats this season?
December 11, 2011 |
Two hundred fifty-four million dollars to play baseball. And now this. Saturday brought blue skies and temperatures near 70, gently swaying palm trees, two huge red caps with large A's bracketing the entrance to the stadium they define, and nearly 5,000 fans screaming his name and gushing their affection. Albert Pujols must have thought he had died and gone to heaven. Never before had a team presented a more fitting name for a player's situation. It is Angel-red heaven now, no matter how much that makes Tom Lasorda squirm.
August 29, 2009 |
at St. Louis 3, Washington 2: Albert Pujols led off the bottom of the ninth inning with his 41st homer to win it. at Chicago 5, New York 2: Alfonso Soriano hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the eighth. at Milwaukee 8, Pittsburgh 6: Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun homered as the Brewers ended a three-game skid. at Philadelphia 4, Atlanta 2: Ryan Howard homered twice in a game twice delayed by rain. at Arizona 14, Houston 7: The Diamondbacks have scored 25 runs in their last two games.
August 19, 2009 |
The doubters are everywhere. Never mind that Albert Pujols has never been publicly linked to anything stronger than cough syrup. You just don't do what he has done and escape suspicion. Not now. Not after Manny Ramirez, Alex Rodriguez, David Ortiz, Roger Clemens and a finger-wagging Rafael Palmeiro "He hits the ball a long way and they're going to say, 'Ah-ha, I wonder.' And it is unfair," Dodgers Manager Joe Torre said. "There's no question it's unfair." Never mind that the St. Louis Cardinals slugger has never failed a drug test since mandatory testing went into effect.
July 9, 2011 |
The Cardinals held it together without Albert Pujols, going 7-7 and scoring 4.2 runs per game. Tony La Russa was hoping Pujols would be added to the NL All-Star roster so he could avoid a four-day break.... Jim Leyritz, the Yankees' 1996 World Series hero who was acquitted of vehicular homicide after a drunk driving accident, is trying to get his career back on track as a coach for the independent Newark Bears. He says Joe Girardi and David Cone were the only former teammates who stood by him through his ordeal....
June 11, 2012 |
There was a little too much of the veteran star and way too much of the rookie sensation for the Dodgers on Monday night. The Angels used another big night from outfield wunderkind Mike Trout and a game-winning hit from Albert Pujols to edge the Dodgers, 3-2, before a Dodger Stadium crowd of 50,559. For the Dodgers, it was their fifth consecutive home loss. For the Angels, it was their 10th consecutive road victory. Trout homered and singled in the Angels' second run. Then with the scored tied, 2-2, he walked in the ninth inning, stole second base and scored on Pujols' single off Kenley Jansen.
June 10, 2012 |
- It's hard to imagine Albert Pujols doing anything quietly considering the attention he draws with his gaudy power statistics, violent swing and massive contract. But with Mike Trout grabbing most of the headlines in recent weeks, Pujols has raised his average from .211 on May 20 to .253 on Saturday with a relatively under-the-radar 18-game surge in which he has hit .354 (23 for 65) with six homers, seven doubles, 18 runs batted in, 10 walks and eight strikeouts.
March 20, 2013 |
TEMPE, Ariz. - Albert Pujols is wearing custom orthotics for the first time in his career, and he has to spend a little extra time in the training room, but those are the only concessions the Angels first baseman has made for the plantar fasciitis in his left foot. “I've had it for the last seven years; is that a problem?” Pujols said of the condition, which causes inflammation of the thick tissue on the bottom of the foot and can be very painful when it flares up. “It's one of those things that comes and goes.” Pujols has been eased into action this spring as he recovers from last October's surgery on his right knee - he played the field for the first time Tuesday - but Manager Mike Scioscia said Pujols' knee hasn't been as big a concern lately as the foot.
August 21, 2009 |
Albert Pujols bruises opponents in a variety of ways, but a stolen base is not usually his weapon of choice. . . . As he showed Wednesday at Dodger Stadium, the National League's most valuable player is full of surprises. . . . With his impressive resume, Bobby Abreu was thought to be a great bargain-basement pickup for the Angels last winter, but nobody expected he'd be an MVP candidate. . . . The linchpin of the .300 Club has never finished higher than 14th in MVP voting but seems a lock for the top 10 this year.