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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%: 100/98 | Average Draft Position: 52.94
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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 | 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.