It's easy to tell which is frustrating Albert Pujols more -- the long wait for his first home run as an Angel or the questions about that long wait.
"I can't wait until I hit a home run so you guys will stop talking about it," Pujols said after getting three doubles -- but still no home run -- in Thursday's 4-2 loss to the A's. "I don't know when it's going to happen -- maybe tomorrow, maybe next week, maybe next month.
"I know I have power. I know I can hit the ball corner to corner. ... I don't get caught up in that. I know I have 445, 444 home runs in my career for a reason."
So far, all of Pujols' 445 career home runs came in his 11 seasons with the Cardinals. He has started this season without a home run in his first 13 games and 54 at-bats as an Angel. It is one of the longer power outages of his career. During his tenure in St. Louis, Pujols averaged a home run every 14.2 at-bats. He is the only player in major league history to hit at least 30 home runs in each of his first 11 seasons.
"That's your guys' job, to look at those numbers. Not mine," Pujols said. "I don't get caught up into all that.
"I'm a line-drive hitter with power. That's what I am, and that's what I concentrate on. If I hit a line drive that goes out for a home run, great. But that's not what I focus on. I focus on having good at-bats and putting a good swing on the ball."
He has come close each of the past two nights. Two long flyballs to center field in Wednesday's game dropped short of the wall in the heavy night air. On Thursday, the second of his three doubles was a line shot off the top of the left field wall.
"I wish it had gone out," he said after the game. "Then you guys would stop asking me about it."
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