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Albert Pujols' hitting is picking up for Angels
Albert Pujols' hitting is picking up for Angels

By the time Albert Pujols stepped to the plate in the ninth inning Sunday and hit a sharp grounder through the infield, he had been due for a hit. Pujols is batting just .200 this season, but he has shown signs of breaking out. Before his two hits in the Angels' series finale against the Texas Rangers — he also doubled in the 11th inning — he had gone one for 12. But many of those had been hard-hit balls right at a fielder. Despite the lack of production early on, Manager Mike Scioscia has little concern. Scioscia noted that Pujols has been swinging the bat well. "Albert, probably his last 10 at-bats, he's hit six rockets and not a lot to show for it,"...

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