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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: 15 | Salary: $16,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 100/97 | Average Draft Position: 48.64
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Quartet of Angels make game miserable for Rangers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) The heart of the Angels lineup broke the hearts of the Rangers on Wednesday.

Mike Trout, Albert Pujols, Matt Joyce and David Freese combined for nine hits in 16 at-bats with five runs scored and seven RBI. Oddly, all but a Joyce double was a single, but the hits were timely. The Joyce double scored two to complete a six-run second inning.


Angels 1B Pujols given first DH assignment Wednesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols will not be a first baseman Wednesday in Texas unless he is placed there during the game. He is being used as a designated hitter for the first time this season.

Pujols has struggled from the start with just four hits in 27 at-bats, though he has slugged two home runs.


Angels first baseman Albert Pujols rips second homer of 2015


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols went 2 for 3 at the plate in Los Angeles' 9-2 loss to the Royals Sunday.

Pujols got things going early, ripping the first pitch he saw from Yordano Ventura to deep left field for a solo home run in the first inning. Pujols followed it up with a double to center in the sixth, driving home Mike Trout. He pushed his average to .182 in 22 at-bats with four RBI.


Angels' Albert Pujols connects for 522nd home run


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/12/2015) Angels slugger Albert Pujols hit his 522nd career home run in the first inning of Sunday's game, moving him into sole possession of 18th place on the career list, breaking a tie with Ted Williams, Willie McCovey and Frank Thomas. 

Pujols connected off Royals starter Yordano Ventura, the 334th different pitcher Pujols has taken deep in his 15-year career. Next up on the home run list is Jimmie Foxx at 534. 


Angels' Albert Pujols parks career home run No. 521


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2015) Angels veteran first baseman Albert Pujols connected for his first home run of the season in his first at-bat in Wednesday's game against the Mariners. Pujols parked a two-run homer off Hisashi Iwakuma over the left-field wall, giving Los Angeles an early lead.

Pujols, who has 521 career home runs, is batting .182 (2 for 11) with one double, two RBI, two runs, two walks and two strikeouts in three games.


Albert Pujols doubles and scores for Angels


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Albert Pujols doubled and scored on David Freese's two run homer in a 2-0 Angels win over the Mariners. 

Pujols had one of the Angels five hits in a one-for-four performance that lifted his average to .167 on the young season. 


Healthy Albert Pujols hitting well for Angels


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) Albert Pujols entered spring training feeling healthy this season, and it's showing at the plate. 

Pujols is hitting .326 with four home runs, for the Angels this spring, with all the homers coming in the last six games. 

"You could tell the difference when you're in good health, and he is right now," shortstop Erick Aybar said of Pujols, per MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez.

"His lower half looks strong; as strong as I've seen it over the last few years," third baseman David Freese agreed.

"He's certainly in great shape, and he's moving well," manager Mike Scioscia said.


Angels 1B Albert Pujols: Bring on the shift


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2015) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols found himself batting against the shift more than any other player in 2014, but he said Friday he's happy to take on the altered defensive alignment, MLB.com reports.

"They think they're screwing with your mind, but actually it's worse because they're telling you how they're going to pitch to you," Pujols said. "So actually it's the opposite. It's helping a hitter to know how they're going to pitch to you."

Pujols also said his right knee, on which he underwent arthroscopic surgery in 2012, finally feels good again.

"Just crossing my fingers," Pujols said. "It's a long season."

Pujols hit .272/.324/.466 with 28 home runs and 105 RBI in 633 at-bats in 2014.


Angels 1B Albert Pujols could retire if daughter makes Olympics


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/22/2015) For Angels first baseman Albert Pujols, family comes first.

If Pujols' daughter, Sophia, reaches the 2020 Olympics in gymnastics, that could be the year he retires.

"That might have to be the year I retire," Pujols said, via the Los Angeles Times. "You can put that in the paper, because I don't want to miss it. … Either that, or they'll have to put me on the disabled list for two weeks."

Pujols is 35 and will be 40 by the time that comes. Pujols' daughter is 9 and considered to be a high-caliber gymnast.

Pujols' 10-year, $240-million contract expires in 2021.


Angels' Albert Pujols focused on having productive 2015 season


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/11/2014) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols is looking forward to the offseason since he feels it will present a chance to build up his strength after the two previous offseasons he had to deal with injury issues.

Even though Pujols said he wasn't bothered by his right knee or left foot in 2014, he added his right side hasn't been at full strength since the 2012 season, according to MLB.com.

"The thing that I'm excited about is just to get my leg strong," Pujols said. "I think that's something I'm going to be able to do this year."

Pujols is confident he will be able to have a productive season in 2015, even at 35 years old. But he added the key is making sure his right knee is at full strength. Pujols underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee leading up to the 2013 season.

"You just never know until you come to spring training and start the season, but I'm pretty sure it's going to help me a lot more," Pujols said. "It was a good year (in 2014), but I think it could've been better. I'm going to be able to cover the plate a little bit more (in 2015). You're not going to see me [strike out] as much as I did the first couple of years here, and hopefully driving the ball a little better."


Albert Pujols hits 27th home run


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols clubbed his 27th home run Saturday against the Rangers.

Pujols struck in the fifth inning. With a man on, Pujols belted a 90 mph fastball out to center for the two-run shot. He would also single twice during the game. Pujols finished 3 for 4, with one run scored and two RBI. 


Angels issue skeleton lineup for Thursday game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) Angels top hitters Albert Pujols, Mike Trout and Howie Kendrick are three of many starters sitting Thursday against Seattle after the team clinched the division title.

Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton back in lineup Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols and outfielder Josh Hamilton are back in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Mariners.

Pujols left Monday's game with a hamstring injury, but it won't cost him any time. Hamilton, who will be the team's designated hitter Tuesday, has been out since Sept. 4 while recovering from a right shoulder injury.


Albert Pujols exits game with hamstring issue


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/15/2014) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols left Monday's game against the Mariners with a left hamstring issue, according to USA Today.

Pujols hit a bases-clearing double in the third inning and grabbed the underside of his left thigh as he approached second base, which caused him to leave the game. He is hitting .274/.328/.469 with 26 homers and 97 RBI over 595 at-bats. His status remains uncertain for Tuesday.


Albert Pujols falls home run short of cycle Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/11/2014) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols went 3 for 6 with a double, a triple and one RBI in his team's 8-1 win over the Rangers Wednesday.

Pujols hadn't collected a triple since the 2010 season before delivering an RBI triple in the top of the first inning Wednesday. It was his third three-hit performance in his last five games. Pujols has hit .278/.332/.477 with 26 home runs and 92 RBI in 579 at-bats.


Albert Pujols stays hot, drives in three


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2014) Angels designated hitter Albert Pujols put together his third multi-hit game in a row Monday, in a 12-3 win over the Indians.

Pujols went 3 for 5 in the game with a three-run home run, his 26th of the season. He also scored three times in the game, a blowout victory.

Pujols is hitting .278/.333/.475 on the season, representing across-the-board improvements over a year ago. He has 26 home runs and 91 RBI in 141 games. 


Albert Pujols dealing with calf tightness


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols was removed from Wednesday's game due to minor calf tightness, MLB.com reports.

The injury isn't expected to cost Pujols time, as manager Mike Scioscia expects to have him in the lineup Thursday. The first baseman went 0 for 3 with a walk and an RBI before coming out of Wednesday's game.


Albert Pujols ejected Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2014) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols was ejected from Thursday's game against the Red Sox.

Pujols was thrown out in the sixth inning. He struck out earlier in the inning, but was thrown out a few batters later. Manager Mike Scioscia left the dugout to argue balls and strikes, and was immediately tossed from the game. Though Pujols remained in the dugout, he was also thrown out. Pujols went 0 for 3, with two strikeouts before he was ejected. It was just the sixth time in his career Pujols was thrown out of a game. 


Albert Pujols belts 23rd home run


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2014) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols clubbed his 23rd home run Saturday against the Rangers.

Pujols struck in the first inning. With the bases empty, Pujols took a 90 mph fastball out to left field for a solo shot. He finished 1 for 4, with one run scored and one RBI. 


Albert Pujols riding a hot bat


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(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 | Senior Analyst
(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."