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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%: 99/89 | Average Draft Position: 48.75
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Angels' Albert Pujols homers, reaches three times Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:19 am ET) Angels designated hitter Albert Pujols went 1 for 2 with two walks, a home run, two runs scored and two RBI in his team's 12-2 win over the Tigers on Thursday.

Pujols gave his team an immediate lead, cranking a two-run homer in the bottom of the first to put the Angels up for good. The first baseman has hit .238/.294/.436 with nine home runs and 19 RBI in 172 at-bats.


Albert Pujols moved to DH for Angels on Thursday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2015) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols will not be a first baseman Thursday night. He is catching a break as designated hitter against the Tigers.

Grant Green will play the position instead.

Pujols has served as DH seven times this season, but none since May 17.


Albert Pujols gets two hits in Angels' loss


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) The Angels only managed five hits against San Diego in a shutout loss, and first baseman Albert Pujols had two of them. 

Pujols went 2 for 4, lifting his average to .235


Angels 1B Albert Pujols drives in winning run in Monday's game


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2015) With two outs in the ninth inning and the bases loaded in a 3-3 tie, Angels first baseman Albert Pujols delivered a single off Craig Kimbrel to score the game-winning run.

The single was his only hit in five at-bats during the game. It was his 17th career walkoff hit and first this season. The Padres intentionally walked Mike Trout to get to Pujols.

Prior to his one-hit game Monday, Pujols was hitting .259 with two home runs in his last seven games.


Angels 1B Albert Pujols not too concerned about hand/wrist bruise


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols didn't seem overly bothered Friday by a left hand/wrist injury he suffered Wednesday against the Blue Jays after getting hit by a pitch. Pujols, who sat out Thursday, doubled and homered in a 12-5 win Friday at Boston.

"It still bothered me a little bit, but it'll go away in a couple days," Pujols said, per MLB.com. "It's one of those things, day by day. It's just a bruise, and it's getting better. I have to give a lot of credit to the trainers. They've done a great job with it."


Angels' Albert Pujols back in starting lineup Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) As expected, Angels first baseman Albert Pujols returned to the starting lineup Friday night against the Red Sox, per MLB.com. He will hit third against right-hander Rick Porcello.

Pujols sat out Thursday's game after taking a pitch to the hand on Wednesday. He is hitting .179 (7 for 39) with two homers and three RBI over the last 10 games played. He owns a .231/.288/.413 with seven homers and 15 RBI in 156 plate appearances.

The Angels are underdogs (+107) at Fenway Park, per VegasInsider.com.


Angels 1B Albert Pujols (hand) plans on playing Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols doesn't appear destined to miss much time after taking a pitch to the hand Wednesday night and sitting Thursday. He has claimed that he will likely play Friday night in Boston, per the Los Angeles Times.

Pujols is feeling better Thursday despite some soreness and swelling, but he added that it's probably best that he took the day off. He is having trouble gripping the bat.


Angels 1B Albert Pujols a no-go Thursday after HBP


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols is out of the lineup Thursday in Toronto after taking a pitch off his hand Wednesday night. Pujols had been considered day-to-day, though a further report on his condition is expected later Thursday. An initial exam revealed no fracture.

Marc Krauss will play his position and bat second.

Though it remains early in the season, the 35-year-old Pujols is putting up the least impressive statistics of his career. His slash line of .231/.288/.413 represents numbers far below his norm.


Angels' Dipoto: Albert Pujols avoids fractures, remains day-to-day


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said that first baseman Albert Pujols did not fracture his hand after being hit by a pitch on Wednesday, the Orange County Register reports.

Pujols was able to stay in the game to run the bases after being hit and even played an inning at first base, but he was removed for a pinch-hitter the next time his spot came up. It appears he has avoided a major injury, and he could return to the lineup within days.

Pujols has hit .231/.288/.413 with seven home runs and 15 RBI in 143 at-bats.


Angels await test results on Albert Pujols' wrist


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) The Angels are awaiting test results on the injured wrist of first baseman Albert Pujols after he had to come out of Wednesday's game after getting hit by a pitch, the Orange County Register reports.

"We’re naturally concerned," manager Mike Scioscia said. "We hope it’s just a bruise and we’ll see how it lines up."

Pujols was hit on the wrist in the fourth inning, but stayed in the game to run the bases and play defense initially. However, he was removed for a pinch-hitter in the fifth. The team initially announced the injury as a bruised wrist, but the first baseman went for tests after the game.

Pujols has hit .231/.288/.413 with seven home runs and 15 RBI in 143 at-bats.


Angels' Albert Pujols leaves Wednesday's game with hand injury


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols was forced to leave Wednesday's game at Toronto after sustaining a contusion to his left hand, the team announced.

Pujols suffered the injury when he was hit by a pitch on the left hand in the fourth inning. Pujols initially stayed in the game, but was later lifted. He was 0 for 1 before leaving the game. 


Angels' Albert Pujols slugs seventh home run Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2015) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols went 2 for 5 with a solo home run in his team's 10-6 loss to the Blue Jays.

After the Angels fell behind 4-0 in the second inning, Pujols helped engineer the comeback, smacking a home run in the fourth inning to put his team on the board. Though the Angels were able to take the lead in the sixth, they couldn't hold on for the win.

Pujols, who has delivered back-to-back multihit performances, has hit .237/.287/.424 with seven home runs and 15 RBI in 139 at-bats.


Angels 1B Albert Pujols OK after awkward slide on Sunday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2015) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols said he was OK after sliding into second base in the ninth inning on Sunday, according to the Orange County Register.

Pujols tweaked his leg when he hit the base and said his foot actually popped the bag out of the ground, getting his left foot stuck underneath it. He did not have any ice on it after the game.

Pujols went 2 for 4 with a double in Los Angeles' 3-0 loss on Sunday.


Albert Pujols moves to DH for Angels on Sunday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2015) Albert Pujols got a day off from the field on Sunday. The Angels first baseman was in the lineup at designated hitter. 

Marc Krauss replaced Pujols at first. It's his second start of the season at first base. 


1B Albert Pujols cracks home run in Angels' win on Friday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/15/2015) First baseman Albert Pujols connected for a first-inning solo homer on Friday in the Angels' victory over the Orioles.

The blast, Pujols' sixth of the year, was his lone hit of the game.

Angels 1B Albert Pujols ends skid, steals base


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(5/13/2015) First baseman Albert Pujols used his bat and his legs to spark an Angels rally in Tuesday's victory, per MLB.com. 

Pujols ended an 0-for-13 slide with his eighth inning single and then surprisingly stole second base, leading to an eventual three-run frame in the Angels' 5-2 win. 

Pujols' first steal of the season so shocked the Rockies, they didn't even attempt a throw, and the veteran picked up the 99th stolen base of his career. 

"I've got the green light all the time," Pujols said. "I go whenever I feel like it, so if I know that I'm going to make it, I go. ... As much as we've been struggling, especially myself, you try to do whatever it takes to take that extra base."


Angels move Albert Pujols to DH, C.J. Cron to first


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) The Angels gave Albert Pujols a day off from playing the field by moving the first baseman to designated hitter for Sunday's game. 

C.J. Cron, the normal DH, moves to first. It's the fourth time this season the Angels have made that position switch. 


Angels 1B Albert Pujols says he can play through injured hamstring


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/8/2015) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols said that although his hamstring is "still not 100 percent he's healthy enough to play, reports MLB.com. 

"...I think I'm good enough that I feel like I can be out there to help my ball club," Pujols said. "I just need to be smart. I've played with injuries before and I know when to push it and when to lay back and let it heal." 

Pujols hurt the hamstring April 29 and has been treating the injury since. 

"Trust me," Pujols said, "if that would be the case, I wouldn't be going out there. I can tell you one thing -- my body has already taken a beating, so I'm tired of playing hurt. That's not going to happen again."


Angels' Scioscia: Albert Pujols getting comfortable


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2015) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols has hit .368 over his 10-game hitting streak. Manager Mike Scioscia thinks the hot stretch has helped relax Pujols. 

"He’s hitting the ball hard," Scioscia said, per the Orange County Register. "He’s probably hit into the toughest luck of any player on our team. It’s good to see him getting comfortable in the batter’s box." 


Angels 1B Albert Pujols extends hitting streak to 10 games


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2015) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols went 2 for 4 at the plate during Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Astros to extend his hitting streak to 10 games.

Over the last 10 games, Pujols has 14 hits in 38 at-bats with two home runs and five RBI. During the streak, he has been able to raise his batting average from .185 to .250.


Angels 1B Albert Pujols uncorks fifth HR of season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols launched his fifth home run of the season Tuesday night against the Mariners.

Pujols took Seattle starter James Paxton deep for a two-run home run in the opening frame. He reached base three times and finished 2 for 3 with a walk, a single, a home run, two runs scored and two RBI in a 5-4 victory. He is hitting .239 with 12 RBI and a .314 on-base percentage in 25 games.


Angels 1B Albert Pujols runs hit streak to five Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2015) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols made an impact Saturday in his first game since sustaining a hamstring injury Wednesday.

It was just one loud impact - a solo home run to left field in the seventh. But it flew 427 feet from home plate.

"I felt pretty good," he said to the Orange County Register. "No problem at all. When you are one of the main guys on the team, your job is to be out there as much as you can. It stinks the last couple of games to sit on the bench, but you have to be smart. It's early in the season. You don’t want to do something stupid. I felt I was ready to play today and hopefully tomorrow it's better I'll be back out again."

His fourth blast and first since April 19 gave him 10 RBI on the year and a five-game hitting streak.


Albert Pujols (hamstring) returns to Angels' lineup on Saturday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/2/2015) First baseman Albert Pujols (hamstring) will return to the Angels' lineup Saturday in San Fransico after missing two games with a hamstring issue.

Pujols exited Wednesday's game with the injury and sat out Thursday's and Friday's contest.

The move will shift center fielder Mike Trout back to the second spot in the lineup while Kole Calhoun stays in the cleanup role.

During Pujols' two-game absence, second baseman Johnny Giavotella moved from ninth to leadoff but will bat seventh on Saturday for the first time this season.

Albert Pujols out of Angles' lineup again, Trout remains hitting third


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/1/2015) First baseman Albert Pujols (hamstring) is out of the Angels' starting lineup on Friday for the second straight game, leaving center fielder Mike Trout in the third spot again. 

Pujols left Wednesday's game with a hamstring issue and sat out Thursday's game as well. 

Pujols told the Orange County Register that he's feeling better and has returned to hitting in the cage.

"We'll see how he does and how things line up for [Saturday]," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.

He expects to return for the Angels on Saturday or Sunday in San Francisco.


Angels' Albert Pujols hopeful to play Saturday or Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2015) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols said after Friday's win that his hamstring is feeling better and that he's hopeful of playing Saturday or Sunday in San Francisco, MLB.com reports.

Pujols was out of the lineup Thursday after leaving Wednesday's game with the hamstring injury. The team won't have the option of sticking him at designated hitter this weekend with the team playing in a National League park, so they'll need to feel comfortable with Pujols moving around on defense in order for him to crack the lineup.

Pujols has hit .208/.291/.364 with three home runs and nine RBI in 77 at-bats.