Pujols is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rangers.
Pujols followed up his two-homer performance Friday with an 0-for-4 showing in Saturday's 4-3 win. After starting each of the past seven games, Pujols will take a seat while Jared Walsh starts at first base and Shohei Ohtani serves as the team's designated hitter. Ohtani got on track Saturday by going 2-for-3 with a solo home run, so he could eat into Pujols' opportunities at DH over the final week of the season.
Pujols went 3-for-5 with a pair of solo home runs during Friday's win over the Rangers.
Pujols launched his fifth long ball of the season, this time as a solo shot against Wes Benjamin in the fifth inning. The home run was the 661st of his career as the 40-year-old surpassed Willie Mays to move into fifth on the all-time leaderboard. To top it off, Pujols tacked on another home run in the seventh inning, bringing him to number 662 overall and six on the season. Pujols is now the only player in MLB history to rank in the top five for both home runs and doubles. Overall this year, he's batting .244/.297/.437.
Pujols went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run and two walks in Sunday's 5-3 win over the Rockies.
Pujols' eighth-inning long ball gave the Angels a 4-3 lead. It marked the slugger's 660th career homer, bringing him into a tie with Willie Mays for fifth most of all time. Despite the big home run, Pujols will likely continue to see scattered playing time during the final two weeks of the season.
Pujols is not in Thursday's lineup against the Rangers.
Pujols is hitting .265 with zero home runs over his last 10 games. Considering that he's on the bench for the fifth time in eight games, Pujols appears to have shifted into a part-time role as the 17-27 Angels turn their focus to developing younger players over the final month of the season. Jared Walsh will start at first base and bat fifth Thursday.
Pujols is out of the lineup Tuesday against the Rangers, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
Pujols started the past two games and will head to the bench after going 2-for-8 with one run, three RBI and one walk. Jared Walsh receives another start at first base in his place Tuesday.
Pujols went 2-for-3 with three RBI, a run scored and a walk in Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Astros.
Pujols received some much-needed rest in Game 1, but he made quite an impact in the second game of the twin bill with his second multi-hit performance of his last five games. The veteran has hit safely in 11 of the Angels' last 13 contests, slashing .304/.347/.413 with 11 RBI in that stretch.
Pujols isn't starting Game 1 of Friday's doubleheader against the Astros.
Pujols won't start the first game of the twin bill with Jared Walsh starting at first base. However, Pujols should presumably be available for the nightcap.
Pujols will sit Friday against Houston, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Pujols hits the bench for the second game in a row, as the struggling Angels don't have much incentive to give playing time to a 40-year-old with a .653 OPS. Jared Walsh will start for the second consecutive game at first base.
Pujols isn't starting Thursday against the Padres.
Pujols drew five consecutive starts at first base as he appears to have regained his everyday role at first base after Tommy La Stella was traded. However, he'll take a breather Thursday with Jared Walsh starting at first base.
Pujols will start at first base and will bat sixth Sunday against the Mariners.
Pujols appeared to slip into more of a reserve role just over a week ago, but he's since had playing time at first base reopen for him after the Angels traded Tommy La Stella to the Athletics on Friday. With La Stella out of the picture, Pujols will pick up his third consecutive start Sunday after he went 2-for-7 with a double, a walk, three RBI and a run scored in the first two games of the series with the Mariners.
Pujols is out of the lineup for a second straight game Sunday against the Athletics.
Andrelton Simmons' (ankle) return from the injured list Friday looks as though it could create a domino effect that results in Pujols settling into more of a part-time role moving forward. With Simmons stepping back in as the Angels' primary shortstop, David Fletcher is expected to shift over to the keystone while Tommy La Stella assumes Pujols' usual post at first base. Pujols' production has been steadily in decline since he signed his mega deal with the Angels in December 2011, but he's reached a new low so far in his age-40 season. Through 76 plate appearances, Pujols is sitting on a .625 OPS and 18.4 percent strikeout rate, both of which are career-worst marks.
Pujols isn't in the lineup Saturday against the Athletics.
Pujols will take a seat for the fifth time in the past eight games as he alternates starts at first base. Tommy La Stella will shift to first base Saturday with Luis Rengifo starting at second base.
Pujols is not in the starting lineup for Thursday's game against San Francisco.
Luis Rengifo will get the start at second base, with Tommy La Stella shifting to first. Pujols, who is slashing a mere .209/.254/.373, will sit for the fourth time in the last six games.
Pujols will sit for the third time in the last four games Tuesday against the Giants.
The 40-year-old has shown no signs of suddenly aging in reverse this year, as he's struggled to a .206/.254/.381 slash line in 16 games. Tommy La Stella starts at first base Tuesday.
Pujols is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Dodgers. "He's fine. I'm just trying to move it around, give more opportunity to different people," manager Joe Maddon said of Pujols, who is on the bench for a second straight game. "For these two days, I just wanted to go a different route."
Tommy La Stella will get a second straight nod at first base, allowing second baseman Luis Rengifo to essentially replace Pujols in the starting nine. Though his production has been trending downward for several seasons, Pujols' massive 10-year, $254 million contract has been enough to keep him locked into a full-time role, but Maddon's comments open up the possibility that the future Hall of Famer may not be extended that courtesy much longer. Over his 63 plate appearances this season, the 40-year-old Pujols is slashing .186/.238/.356 with a 17.5 percent strikeout rate, a career-worst mark for the contact-oriented veteran.
Pujols is not in the lineup Saturday against the Dodgers.
The 40-year-old continues to earn consistent playing time this season, though he doesn't have a true everyday role, sitting six times in the team's first 21 games. With a .186/.238/.356 slash line, he's not exactly making a great case for more regular at-bats. Tommy La Stella will play first base Saturday.
Pujols is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rangers.
The 40-year-old is just receiving a routine rest for the day game after a night game. Tommy La Stella will step in at first base as a replacement for Pujols, who is slashing .186/.255/.419 through 11 games.
Pujols went 2-for-4 in Saturday's 2-0 loss to the Rangers.
The Angels only managed four hits in total, so the 40-year-old's first multi-hit performance since July 28 went to waste. Pujols is hitting only .186 (8-for-43) through 11 games, but his three homers and seven RBI have given him some fantasy value in deeper formats.
Pujols is not in the lineup Thursday against the Mariners.
Pujols will head to the bench following a string of four straight starts during which he went 2-for-16 with a pair of home runs and six RBI. Tommy La Stella is covering first base in Thursday's series finale.
Pujols went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's win over the Mariners.
Three of Pujols' last four hits have left the yard, but this one had significance -- it was the slugger's 659th career homer, and he is now one shy of tying Willie Mays for fifth on the all-time homer list. Pujols also has 2,082 career RBIs, which is fourth all-time behind Hank Aaron (2,297), Babe Ruth (2,214) and Alex Rodriguez (2,086).
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