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TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - After last year, Albert Pujols isn't overly concerned with spring training results.

Pujols hit his first spring training home run, a third-inning drive off Juan Nicasio on Saturday during the Los Angeles Angels' 8-6 loss to the Colorado Rockies.

"I hit seven home runs last spring and had my worst start to a season," the three-time NL MVP said. "I come down here just to get my quality at-bats and get in games and get my legs in shape and my timing on, and hopefully by opening day, get it going. Obviously, you always want to have a good spring training. You always want to swing the bat well. But in the end, as long as you get your work, I think that's the most important thing."

After leaving the St. Louis Cardinals to sign a $240 million, 10-year contract with the Angels, Pujols got off to an awful start that saw him hitting .194 with no homers and five RBIs through May 4.

He finished at .285 with 30 homers and 105 RBIs, but the season was sub-par for him and the Angels didn't make the playoffs.

Coming off right knee surgery during the offseason, he was 0 for 3 Tuesday against Cincinnati in his spring training debut. Pujols again was the designated hitter against Colorado and went 1 for 3.

Pujols struck out in the first against Nicasio and also grounded into a double play in the fifth against Josh Outman.

"My timing is not there," Pujols said. "It'll take a couple more weeks to get me where I want to be. I think that's what spring training is all about, to get your at-bats and get your timing on. The same way with the pitchers. They're not where they want to be on opening day. Usually, to me, it's probably by the middle of April when I feel really good."

Pujols said that he had no pain at all and would play first base when he's ready. He ran bases after Saturday's game.

"Right now, I'm just happy to get my at-bats," he said. "We have a pretty good game plan. I don't want to rush this thing. I'm taking some groundballs and that's what I needed."

Troy Tulowitzki hit his first home run of the exhibition season, a third-inning shot off Jason Vargas. Tulowitzki's home-run total dropped from 30 in 2011 to eight last year, when a left groin pull limited him to 181 at-bats

Tulowitzki had two hits and is hitting .278 this spring training.

"All signs are good that he's good to be rolling," new Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "A lot of the first three weeks have been about preparing him physically so he can do what he needs to do at that position. It's a demanding position."

Making his second start, Vargas allowed four runs and eight hits in three innings.

"They were swinging at a lot of fastballs today," Vargas said. "I was up. and they took advantage. If you leave it up, you'll get hammered."

Nicasio, in his third start and fourth appearance, gave up four runs and seven hits in 3 2-3 innings.

"I didn't throw my breaking ball for a strike," Nicasio said. "It's a good team, good hitters. They can wait on the fastball."

Kole Calhoun hit a two-run homer in the seventh against Wilton Lopez.

NOTES: Angels manager Mike Scioscia missed the game due to a death in the family. He said he will return Sunday.

 
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P. Bourjos
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
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T. Tulowitzki
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R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Eric Young Jr., CF3030000 .474
    Tim Wheeler, CF2110011 .250
DJ LeMahieu, 2B3000003 .200
    Tommy Manzella, SS2110001 .091
Jordan Pacheco, C3010000 .429
    Gustavo Molina, C2111000 .417
Troy Tulowitzki, SS3221001 .278
    Charlie Culberson, 2B2110012 .231
Tyler Colvin, LF3130000 .278
    Corey Dickerson, LF1012000 .300
Nolan Arenado, 3B3112003 .400
    Ryan Wheeler, 1B2011000 .188
Ben Paulsen, 1B3010003 .429
    Jonathan Herrera, 3B2000001 .273
Kent Matthes, RF2001010 .222
    Kyle Parker, RF1000000 .091
Matt McBride, DH3010001 .294
   a- Cristhian Adames, PH-DH1000010 .200
Totals41818804  
a-struck out for McBride in the 8th
Batting
2B - Troy Tulowitzki (1, Vargas), Charlie Culberson (1, Maronde), Nolan Arenado (3, Vargas)
HR - Troy Tulowitzki (1, Vargas)
SF - Corey Dickerson (1), Kent Matthes (1)
RBI - Gustavo Molina (1), Troy Tulowitzki (4), Corey Dickerson 2 (5), Nolan Arenado 2 (10), Ryan Wheeler (1), Kent Matthes (4)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Wheeler (1)
CS - Corey Dickerson (1, 2nd base by Maronde/Carlin)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - LeMahieu-Tulowitzki-Paulsen, LeMahieu-Tulowitzki-Paulsen, Arenado-Pacheco-Paulsen
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Juan Nicasio 3.2744131 6.97
Mike McClendon 0.1000000 0.00
Josh Outman 2000200 3.00
Wilton Lopez (BS,1) 1222001 4.50
Adam Ottavino (W,1-0) 1000010 6.75
Rob Scahill (S,1) 1100010 2.45
Pitches-Strikes - Juan Nicasio 27-21, Mike McClendon 1-1, Josh Outman 14-6, Wilton Lopez 5-5, Adam Ottavino 5-5, Rob Scahill 6-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Juan Nicasio 3-2, Mike McClendon 1-0, Josh Outman 4-2, Wilton Lopez 1-2, Adam Ottavino 1-1, Rob Scahill 1-1
Batters Faced - Juan Nicasio 16, Mike McClendon 1, Josh Outman 8, Wilton Lopez 5, Adam Ottavino 3, Rob Scahill 4
Los Angeles Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Mike Trout, LF2000110 .368
    Trent Oeltjen, RF2000001 .300
Howard Kendrick, 2B3010000 .524
    Luis Rodriguez, PR-2B1000000 .450
Albert Pujols, DH3111012 .167
   a- Hank Conger, PH-DH1000000 .400
Josh Hamilton, RF3000012 .385
    Luke Carlin, C1000000 .000
Mark Trumbo, 1B1110100 .333
    Brendan Harris, SS2000000 .286
Alberto Callaspo, 3B3110001 .133
    Luis Jimenez, 3B1000010 .273
Peter Bourjos, CF3122000 .333
    Matt Young, LF1000000 .500
Chris Iannetta, C2011001 .368
    J.B. Shuck, LF-CF2120000 .316
Andrew Romine, SS1000101 .261
    Kole Calhoun, 1B2112011 .174
Totals34610635  
a-grounded out for Pujols in the 7th
Batting
2B - J.B. Shuck (1, Scahill)
3B - Peter Bourjos (3, Nicasio)
HR - Albert Pujols (1, Nicasio), Kole Calhoun (1, Lopez)
RBI - Albert Pujols (1), Peter Bourjos 2 (6), Chris Iannetta (4), Kole Calhoun 2 (6)
2-OUT RBI - Albert Pujols (1)
PK - Howard Kendrick (2, Nicasio)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Kendrick-Trumbo
Los Angeles Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jason Vargas 3844001 7.20
Scott Downs 1100000 4.50
Kevin Jepsen 1200000 6.00
Nick Maronde 2311020 12.71
Billy Buckner (H,1) 1000010 4.50
Ryan Brasier (BS,1; L,0-1) 1433010 11.81
WP - Ryan Brasier (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Vargas 20-18, Scott Downs 4-4, Kevin Jepsen 5-5, Nick Maronde 12-12, Billy Buckner 5-5, Ryan Brasier 10-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Vargas 2-6, Scott Downs 2-1, Nick Maronde 1-2
Batters Faced - Jason Vargas 16, Scott Downs 4, Kevin Jepsen 5, Nick Maronde 8, Billy Buckner 3, Ryan Brasier 7
Game Information
Attendance - 9288
Game Time - 3:01
Temperature - 52
Umpires - Home - Scott Barry, First Base - Jim Wolf, Second Base - Bruce Dreckman, Third Base - Ben May