April 6, 2012 |
The Angels' first game with new $240 million first baseman Albert Pujols is underway. Starting pitcher Jered Weaver took the mound for his third consecutive opening-day start and threw ball one to Kansas City Royals leadoff man Alex Gordon. Gordon flew out to center field one pitch later. Weaver then struck out Lorenzo Cain looking and Eric Hosmer flied out to left fielder Vernon Wells. The pre-game ceremonies included a full introduction of players and clubhouse personnel, a large flag unveiling in the outfield, first pitches by 2002 World Series stars Troy Percival, Tim Salmon and David Eckstein, and a flyover by a massive U.S. Air Force plane.
May 1, 2012 |
Add one more dynamic to the Angels' hitting woes: Albert Pujols is a bit perturbed at hitting coach Mickey Hatcher for discussing the slugger's attempt to instill confidence in teammates at a closed-door hitters meeting on Monday. Hatcher told The Times following the meeting that Pujols provided one of the strongest examples that the offense's April slump can be overcome. Pujols, said Hatcher, told teammates of suffering through lengthy losing streaks and cold hitting spells in St. Louis, while still rallying to win a World Series.
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.
September 23, 2013 |
Albert Pujols, who suffered a season-ending left heel injury in late July, felt good enough in early September to begin jogging with the intention of returning if the Angels made a run at the playoffs. The first baseman was shut down a week ago as the Angels neared elimination, but the fact he was able to flirt with a return fueled his confidence that he'll have a normal off-season workout regimen and return 100% in 2014. “I can't read the future,” said Pujols, who hobbled his way through a season in which he hit .258 with 17 home runs and 64 runs batted in before suffering a partial tear of his plantar fascia.
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 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.
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.