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Angels' Albert Pujols remains in third spot despite five-week slump
Angels' Albert Pujols remains in third spot despite five-week slump

Albert Pujols will bat third — as he always has — for the Angels in the opener of an interleague series against the Atlanta Braves on Friday night, and Manager Mike Scioscia does not seem inclined to move the slugger down in the lineup despite a slump that has dragged on for more than a month. Pujols hit .302 with a .368 on-base percentage, .597 slugging percentage, 10 home runs and 26 runs batted in through May 6, a span of 32 games. But in 32 games since, he has a .195/.245/.367 slash line with five homers and nine RBIs. He is also hitting just .145 (11 for 76) with runners in scoring position, far below his .327 career mark in those situations. “His recent track...

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