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Monday, May 07, 2012

Pujols Finally Gets His First Home Run, So Can We Talk About The Awful Bullpen Now? Angels 4, Blue Jays 3

Of course Pujols would hit his first Angels home run at home, during a day game, one day after being benched. Evidence that the first baseman was trying too hard came in late last month in the form of Mark Saxon's spray chart, indicating he's trying way too hard to hit home runs. Well, he finally got there, so hopefully the monkey's a bit off his back in that regard.

As it happened in this game, Pujols two-run jack was the game winner, one which the Jays did plenty to erode late, getting single runs in the sixth and seventh innings in scratch-it-out fashion. Too pooped from not sleeping last night to write more.

Update: I forgot to mention that yesterday's game ended with injuries to Scott Downs (knee) and LaTroy Hawkins (broken right pinky). There was a corresponding move made today, with Hawkins sent to the (15-day?) DL and reliever David Pauley getting the callup from AAA Salt Lake. Alden Gonzalez has more.

Update 2: It looks like there will be no DL time for Downs according to Mike DiGiovanna. He is day-to-day.

Update 3: Mike Scioscia will go with a "closer by committee" between Ernesto Frieri and Jordan Walden.

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