“They told me [Wednesday] that no matter what, it was going to be a day off,” Pujols said before Thursday night’s game against the
Pujols is batting .262 with a team-leading 14 home runs, 14 doubles and 32 runs batted in, but he had had only one hit in 13 at-bats in four games before his RBI double in the ninth inning broke up
"With Albert, obviously, he's been in every game, and to just get him a chance to recharge is important," Scioscia said. "There are a lot of guys who have played a lot. Albert would play until the cows came home, but it's time for him to take a day today. He definitely benefits from exhaling and resting."
With Pujols out, Scioscia moved
The Angels could also get their cleanup batter,