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Albert Pujols expecting to debut at first base on Tuesday

Mar 17, 2013, 4:45 PM EDT

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From beat writer Alden Gonzalez of

Albert Pujols expects to make his first start at first base on Tuesday, which comes after an off day and will see the Angels play the Brewers in Maryvale, Ariz.

The Angels won’t utilize the designated hitter that day, playing under National League rules so their starting pitcher (Jason Vargas) can hit for the first time this spring.

Pujols began serving as the Angels’ DH in Cactus League games on March 5 and ditched his designated runner last week. He told reporters on Sunday morning in Angels camp that his surgically-repaired right knee feels good enough now to handle defensive play.

Pujols is 6-for-17 (.353/.389/.765) with two homers and four RBI through six spring games.

  1. proudlycanadian - Mar 17, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    One small step for Pujols, one small step for Craig’s prediction that Pujols will have a monster season.

    • stex52 - Mar 17, 2013 at 5:08 PM

      One huge step for my fantasy baseball lineup.

      • proudlycanadian - Mar 17, 2013 at 5:24 PM

        Not mine. I will avoid him, but good luck.

      • stex52 - Mar 17, 2013 at 5:27 PM

        You could be right. I treated him as a high reward gamble. I don’t think he’s over that hill quite yet.

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