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

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.

 

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