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5 Albert Pujols 1B
Height/Weight: 6-3/230 | Birthdate: 1/16/1980 | Birthplace: Santo Domingo, DR | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Los Angeles | College: Maple Woods (MO) CC | MLB Experience: 14 | Salary: $16,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 100/94 | Average Draft Position: 52.91
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Albert Pujols riding a hot bat


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/14/2014) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols entered the All-Star break on a five-game hitting streak in which he's 10 for 21. Pujols went 3 for 5 with a double and an RBI in Sunday's 10-7 win over the Rangers, upping his average to .279/.325/.491.

Pujols 20 homers, 64 RBI, 58 runs scored and 19 doubles at the break.


Albert Pujols pops 20th home run


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols hit his 20th home run Wednesday against the Blue Jays. 

Pujols hit a go-ahead shot in the seventh inning. He worked a four-pitch at-bat against Aaron Loup. On the final pitch, he smashed a 94 mph fastball out to center for the two-run shot. Pujols also singled in the game. He finished 2 for 4, with two runs scored and two RBI. 


Albert Pujols lighting up Astros


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2014) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols continued his torrid hitting against the Astros in Saturday's 11-5 win. Pujols crushed a 433-foot, two-run homer and finished 3 for 5 with two runs scored.

He's 7 for 13 in the series, with two homers, five RBI and a stolen base. Pujols is hitting .265 with 19 homers and 55 RBI in 340 at-bats.


Albert Pujols blasts 18th home run Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/5/2014) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols clubbed his 18th home run Friday against the Astros. 

Pujols stepped to the plate with one man on in the fourth inning. On the second pitch of the at-bat, he took an 89 mph fastball from Dallas Keuchel out to left for the two-run shot. Pujols also singled twice during the outing. He finished 3 for 4, with three runs scored and two RBI. Pujols is hitting .260/.313/.472 over 335 at-bats.


Albert Pujols able to start Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2014) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols was in the starting lineup Monday against the White Sox after it was revealed Sunday he has been playing with a swollen lymph node near his groin since Wednesday.

Pujols is batting .296 with a .407 slugging percentage, .744 OPS, two home runs, three doubles and 15 RBI in his last 20 games.


Albert Pujols being slowed by groin injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2014) Angels manager Mike Scioscia said first baseman Albert Pujols is not dealing with a hustle issue after he was tagged out on a play at second base Sunday against the Royals. Pujols, who looked to be jogging into second base on the play, is being slowed by a groin injury.

"I knew it was going to be a close play because I hit the ball hard," Pujols said, per The Orange County Register. "(Left fielder Alex Gordon) got to the ball really quick. But when he threw it, and he threw it off line, I was like, ‘All right, shut it down.’ And as soon as I tried to do that, I felt that grab. I didn’t know I was that far from the base."

Pujols said he has been dealing with a swollen lymph node since Wednesday. After the sequence Sunday, he took swings in the batting cage and told Scioscia he was good enough to hit. He said the injury only bothers him when he runs. If Pujols reached base again, he was probably going to be lifted for a pinch runner.

"They’re not concerned about it and I’m not either," Pujols said. "It doesn’t bother me to hit, and that was the first time it bothered me running, when I tried to stop. But I don’t think it’s something to be concerned about."


Albert Pujols: 'I don't believe in slumps'


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/27/2014) Angels slugger Albert Pujols did not allow a slump that lasted five weeks to negatively affect his confidence. The result has been that Pujols is Pujols again.

The veteran batted .185 with five home runs and just nine RBI in 31 games from May 7 to June 10 after a hot start. But he has since batted .347 with 11 RBI in 12 games. He managed three hits with runners in scoring position Thursday against the Twins, which raised his average in that department to .189.

"I don't believe in slumps," he told the Los Angeles Times. "I think that's something people have created to try to mess with people's minds. Sometimes, the hits don't fall. You can go 0 for 30 and hit bullets and they don't find spots. When I go through these things, I hold onto the positive and don't carry the negative."

Pujols has five hits in his last two games combined.


Albert Pujols (back) returns to lineup Sunday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/22/2014) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols returned to the starting lineup Sunday against the Rangers after missing Saturday's game due to back spasms. The injury also forced Pujols to leave Friday's game.

He is batting .311 with one home run, two doubles, five runs and nine RBI in his last 11 games.


Albert Pujols slugs 16th home run Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2014) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols went 3 for 6 with a home run and four RBI in his team's 11-6 win over the Braves Saturday.

Pujols began the scoring with a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning to give his team a 1-0 lead. Two innings later, he went back-to-back with Mike Trout, hitting his 16th home run. Pujols then chipped in the final two runs of the game with a double in the 13th inning. He has hit .255/.310/.494 with 41 RBI in 267 at-bats.


Manager not ready to move Albert Pujols out of third spot


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/13/2014) The possibility of the Angels moving Albert Pujols out of the third hole in the lineup has not yet been embraced by Mike Scioscia.

"You always consider an adjustment, but right now we're not there," he told the Orange County Register.

Pujols owns a respectable stat line of .249/.307/.482, but his batting average has dropped every year since 2009. He has one multi-hit game since May 24 and one homer since May 26.


Albert Pujols clubs 14th home run in loss Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2014) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols went 1 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 5-1 loss to the Mariners Monday.

Pujols had just one of three hits on the day for the Angels, smacking his home run to lead off the seventh inning. Unfortunately, the blast just reduced the team's deficit from five runs to four. Pujols has hit .267/.329/.540 with 14 home runs and 31 RBI in 202 at-bats.


Albert Pujols delivers 13th home run in win Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2014) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols went 1 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 2-1 win over the Astros Wednesday.

Pujols broke a 1-1 tie with his solo shot in the sixth inning, and it would be last scoring on either side in the pitchers' duel. He has hit .273/.328/.545 with 13 home runs and 30 RBI in 187 at-bats.


Albert Pujols snaps out of slump with multi-home run game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2014) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols broke out of his slump in a huge way on Sunday, launching a pair of home runs in Sunday's win over the Rays. It was the first time he's gone deep since May 4.

Pujols took starter David Price yard for a solo home run in the opening frame. He singled in the third and got the best of Price again in the seventh inning, launching another solo shot. He finished the game 3 for 4 with two runs scored and two RBI in a 6-2 victory. He has 48 career multi-home run games.


Albert Pujols defensive about failing clutch numbers in 2014


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2014) Angels veteran slugger Albert Pujols got a bit defensive about his production with runners on base after failing in two such situations Friday night in a shutout loss to Tampa Bay.

Pujols grounded out with the bases loaded and two out in the fifth and flied out with two runners on in the seventh.

"I'm a friggin' lifetime over-.350 hitter with men on base," he told the Orange County Register. "Look at my numbers with bases loaded. Those numbers are sick."

Pujols exaggerated just a bit. His career average with men on base is .325. It's .349 with the bases loaded. But the former is .154 and latter is .000 (in six at-bats) this season.


Albert Pujols gets 'a little bit of maintenance'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2014) The Angels played Albert Pujols at designated hitter for the second time in four games Monday. While Pujols claimed to be 100 percent, manager Mike Scioscia said he was "just trying to be proactive with a little bit of maintenance" by keeping Pujols off the artificial turf in Toronto, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Blue Jays infielder Brett Lawrie said Pujols did not appear to be running freely, the report said.

Pujols went 0 for 4, including 0 for 3 with runners in scoring position, stranding five. He's batting .182 with runners in scoring position, though he leads the team with 26 RBI.


Albert Pujols dealing with minor hamstring tightness


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2014) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols was moved to designated hitter from first base after the lineups had been announced Thursday due to minor hamstring tightness, MLB.com reports.

Pujols went 1 for 4 with an RBI and a walk before being removed for a pinch runner. He's slated to serve as the DH again Sunday, but his hamstring injury is "nothing we're overly concerned about," said manager Mike Scioscia.

Pujols owns nine home runs and 24 RBI this season, but he's gone seven games since hitting his last home run. He has hit .286/.348/.580 in 118 at-bats.


Albert Pujols continues to mash


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2014) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols hit another home run Friday against the Yankees. 

In the fifth inning, Pujols took a splitter from Hiroki Kuroda out to left for a solo shot. He also singed earlier in the contest. Pujols finished 2 for 4, with one run and one RBI. He's already hit nine home runs.


Albert Pujols reaches 500 home runs with pair Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2014) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols became the 26th member of the 500 Home Run Club Tuesday, going  for 4 with two home runs and five RBI in his team's 7-2 win over the Nationals.

Pujols, 34, struggled offensively last season after a so-so 2012, his first year with the Angels. He's turned things around considerably early this season, leading the majors with eight home runs while hitting .274/.337/.619 in 84 at-bats. Pujols will continue his climb up the career-home-run leaderboard, with No. 25 and Eddie Murray (504 HRs) in his sights.


Albert Pujols dealing with bone bruise in heel


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2014) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols is dealing with a bone bruise in his left heel, according to the Los Angeles Times

Pujols has been dealing with the injury since the first week of the season, and it's not expected to be serious. He's hitting .279, with five homeruns this year.


Albert Pujols hits another home run Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2014) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols clubbed another home run Friday against the Tigers. 

Pujols doubled in the top of the third for his first hit of the game. With two men on in the top of the sixth, Pujols homered on the first pitch he saw from Luke Putkonen. It was his fifth home run of the year.

Pujols finished the game 2 for 4, with two runs scored and three RBI.


Albert Pujols homers in win Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2014) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols homered for the second straight day Wednesday as part of a 2-for-4 performance in his team's 2-0 win over the Mariners.

Over the last few days, Pujols has flashed some of the talent that earned him a Rookie of the Year award and three MVPs from 2001 through 2009. His two-run homer Wednesday represented the totality of the scoring on either side. Pujols owns a .250/.308/.528 line in 36 at-bats.


Albert Pujols hits first home run Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2014) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols hit his first home run of the season in the first inning of his team's 5-3 loss to the Mariners Tuesday.

The two-run homer was his only hit on the night, though he did draw two walks in the loss. He owns a .219/.286/.438 in 32 at-bats.


Albert Pujols: 'I'm a first baseman, not a DH'


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2014) Angels slugger and 2013 disappointment Albert Pujols has declared his legs fine and sees himself as primarily a first baseman this season, per the Orange County Register.

"I'm a first baseman, not a DH," he said. He added that he plans on serving as a designated hitter only once or twice a week.

Pujols underwent offseason knee surgery after batting just .258 with 17 home runs and 64 RBI last season. He was limited to 391 at-bats. His .437 slugging percentage and .330 on-base percentage were career-lows.


Albert Pujols drops weight, feels great


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/13/2014) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols reported to camp in good shape, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Pujols reportedly lost seven pounds during the offseason, and looks "lean and muscular." He said both his left foot and right knee feel 100 percent. Pujols was limited by a plantar fascia tear last year, and had offseason surgery on his knee.

Pujols hit .258/.330/.437 in 391 at-bats last season.


Albert Pujols had a 'normal' offseason


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/6/2014) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols has gone through a "normal" offseason, according to the New York Post

Pujols played in just 99 games last year due to a foot injury. He also had minor knee surgery in October. Despite that, he's been able to hit throughout the entire offseason. Pujols posted a .258/.330/.437 slash line last season before he was shut down.