Pujols first game as an Angel doesn't go as expected

Pujols first game as an Angel doesn't go as expected

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ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 06: Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim smiles during batting practice before taking on the Kansas City Royals on Opening Day of the 2012 MLB season at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 6, 2012 in Anaheim, California. Pujols is scheduled to bat third in his debut as a member of the Angels after signing a free agent contract in the off-season. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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by GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer

KMOV.com

Posted on April 6, 2012 at 10:50 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 2 at 4:54 PM

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Jered Weaver struck out 10 in eight dominant innings of four-hit ball, Peter Bourjos' bases-loaded infield single broke open a scoreless game in the eighth inning, and the Los Angeles Angels won Albert Pujols' hitless debut, 5-0 over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night.

Erick Aybar put a bases-loaded triple down the right field line moments after two Kansas City infielders couldn't handle Bourjos' chopper, giving a comfortable lead to the Angels after a tense start to Pujols' tenure.

Los Angeles began a season of enormous expectations with its eighth opening-day win in the last nine years, and even did it with no help from Pujols. The feared slugger went 0 for 3 with an eighth-inning intentional walk after getting several raucous pregame ovations from a crowd that still can't quite believe he's wearing a halo cap.

Pujols lined into a first-inning double play before popping out in the third and striking out on three pitches in the seventh.

 

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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