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Albert Pujols | Designated Hitter | #5

Team: Los Angeles Angels
Age / DOB:  (38) / 1/16/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 240
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Maple Woods (MO) CC
Drafted: 1999 / Rd. 13 (0) / STL
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Albert Pujols said Friday that he lost 12-15 pounds over the offseason.
It's been rare the last few years that Pujols has had an offseason with a normal workout routine -- as he had this winter -- rather than one where he's been rehabbing from surgery. It was a goal for the future Hall of Famer to improve his conditioning since he's projected to play more first base in 2018, and it appears he's accomplished what he set out to do. Pujols hit 23 homers and drove in 101 runs in 2017 but posted a career-worst .672 OPS. Feb 16 - 11:47 AM

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Albert Pujols said Sunday that improving his conditioning is his "main goal" for the offseason.

Pujols admitted that he might not have been in tip-top shape coming into the year after December foot surgery. It reflected in his lack of speed on the basepaths and his production. While he amassed 23 homers and 101 RBI, he posted a career-low .672 OPS. Pujols hopes to come back in better shape with a full offseason for conditioning. "Hopefully, start hitting a little bit earlier, start doing more weights, start doing my program like I normally do every year except the last couple, being hurt," said Pujols, who turns 38 in January. The future Hall of Famer is still owed $114 million over the next four seasons.
Mon, Oct 2, 2017 12:02:00 PM

Albert Pujols hit his 23rd homer Wednesday against the Indians.

Pujols was showing signs of heating up at the beginning of the month, but he entered this one in a 4-for-29 funk. The homer was just his second in September. He is three RBI away from the century mark for the season.
Thu, Sep 21, 2017 02:05:00 AM

Albert Pujols collected a pair of singles across four at-bats in Saturday's loss in Seattle.

The Angels might be on a three-game skid, but it is no fault of Pujols. He is 15-for-29 (.517) with a double and 11 RBI during the month of September while striking out just two times. He did not show any ill effects of the bone bruise in his left knee which kept him on the shelf on Wednesday.
Sun, Sep 10, 2017 03:30:00 AM

Albert Pujols (knee) is back in the Angels' lineup Friday.

Pujols didn't play Wednesday due to a bone bruise in his left knee, but he feels well enough after the off day Thursday to give it a go. He's in the designated hitter spot and batting cleanup against Mike Leake and the Mariners.
Fri, Sep 8, 2017 06:01:00 PM

Albert Pujols is expected to play Friday after being diagnosed with a bone bruise in his left knee.

Pujols was unavailable Wednesday due to soreness. Tests on the knee revealed the bone bruise. He'll play through it after getting an injection, but he'll surely cut back on all of the stolen base attempts.
Thu, Sep 7, 2017 05:45:00 PM

Albert Pujols was sent back to Anaheim on Wednesday morning to undergo treatment on his sore left knee.

Mike Trout is starting at DH and Eric Young Jr. is playing center field in Wednesday afternoon's series finale at Oakland Coliseum. Angels manager Mike Scioscia said he expects Pujols to be ready for Friday night's series opener against the Mariners.
Wed, Sep 6, 2017 02:07:00 PM

Albert Pujols is getting the day off Wednesday afternoon against the Athletics.

Mike Trout will serve as the Angels' designated hitter with Eric Young Jr. starting in center field. Pujols tallied two RBI on Tuesday night, bringing him up to 93 total RBI for the season, but he's still sporting a brutal .682 OPS.
Wed, Sep 6, 2017 01:34:00 PM

Albert Pujols went 4-for-5 with four RBI and a run scored Friday against the Rangers.

Pujols doubled home two runs in the first inning before plating two more runs with a single in the fifth. He now has 21 homers and 87 RBI despite an ugly .238/.282/.393 batting line. The 37-year-old has been the primary No. 3 hitter for the Angels this season, but he moved into the cleanup spot after the acquisition of Justin Upton on Thursday.
Sat, Sep 2, 2017 01:13:00 AM

Albert Pujols hit a pair of two-run homers off Oakland's Kendall Graveman in Wednesday's win.

Both homers came with Mike Trout on base. The second was the 612th of his career, tying him with Jim Thome for seventh place on the all-time list. He's 18 behind Ken Griffey Jr. for sixth.
Thu, Aug 31, 2017 01:47:00 AM

Albert Pujols is out of the Angels' lineup Wednesday afternoon against the Nationals.

C.J. Cron will start at first base in the series finale at Nationals Park, where there is no DH available. Pujols is slashing just .229/.274/.374 in the sixth year of his 10-year, $250 million agreement with Anaheim.
Wed, Aug 16, 2017 10:16:00 AM

Albert Pujols collected three singles with a run scored and two RBI in Friday's game in Seattle.

Pujols snapped a 3-for-34 skid with the three-hit performance. It's been all of nothing lately for Pujols, as he has four three-hit games since June 22, but he also has 10 hitless outings during the stretch. He is hitting just .209 with a home run and seven RBI in 10 games in August.
Sat, Aug 12, 2017 03:31:00 AM

Albert Pujols is not in the Angels' lineup Wednesday.

Pujols was ejected from Tuesday's game for arguing a check-swing call and is now getting a breather with it being a day game after a night game. Cameron Maybin is also sitting out, as the Halos have Mike Trout in the designated hitter spot, Ben Revere in center field and Cesar Puello in left.
Wed, Aug 9, 2017 01:33:00 PM

Albert Pujols was ejected from Tuesday night's game against the Orioles for arguing a check-swing call in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia also got tossed. Pujols finished 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in the game. He's batting just .227/.270/.376 this season.
Tue, Aug 8, 2017 11:57:00 PM

Albert Pujols went hitless for the fourth time in five games Monday, dropping his average to .228.

Pujols went 6-for-9 with three homers in a two-game stretch last week, but he's just 2-for-26 with no RBI or walks since and his OPS is back down to .651. If the Angels had anyone else worth playing, it'd probably be time for them to consider making a switch. They're options are lacking, though.
Tue, Aug 8, 2017 12:59:00 AM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Martin Maldonado
2Rene Rivera
3Carlos Perez
4Juan Graterol
1B1Luis Valbuena
2Chris Carter
2B1Ian Kinsler
2Kaleb Cowart
3Colin Walsh
SS1Andrelton Simmons
2Nolan Fontana
3B1Zack Cozart
2Jefry Marte
LF1Justin Upton
CF1Mike Trout
2Michael Hermosillo
RF1Kole Calhoun
2Chris Young
DH1Albert Pujols
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Garrett Richards
2J.C. Ramirez
3Matt Shoemaker
4Tyler Skaggs
5Parker Bridwell
6Alex Meyer
7Andrew Heaney
8Troy Scribner
9Nick Tropeano
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Cam Bedrosian
2Blake Parker
3Jim Johnson
4Keynan Middleton
5Jose Alvarez
6Blake Wood
7Noe Ramirez
8Eduardo Paredes
9Luke Bard
10Felix Pena
11Ian Krol