Albert Pujols 1B/DH LAA 9 Months

Albert Pujols (back) is not in the Angels' starting lineup Saturday night versus the Rangers.

Pujols is day-to-day with back tightness. Efren Navarro will start at first base in his absence.

Albert Pujols 1B/DH LAA 10 Months

Albert Pujols drove home a pair of runs on Friday, but it wasn't enough to overcome the Braves.

The two-run single in the eighth inning pulled the Angels to within a run at 4-3 though that was as close as they'd come. It was his lone hit in four at-bats on the night, raising his season slash line to .249/.307/.479 to go along with 15 homers and 37 RBI.

Albert Pujols 1B/DH LAA 10 Months

Albert Pujols is not in Thursday's lineup against the Mariners.

It's his first off day this season. With Pujols out of the lineup, Mike Trout will slide into the No. 3 spot in the order.

Albert Pujols 1B/DH LAA 10 Months

Albert Pujols smacked a solo home run in the Angels' 2-1 victory over the Astros on Wednesday.

Pujols has emphatically snapped out of a 12-game homerless streak, going deep three times and doubling twice more in his past five contests. He's hit safely in seven straight, spiking his average from .258 to .273. Pujols is fourth in the AL with 13 homers, fourth with 31 runs scored. Pujols is tenth in the AL with 30 RBI, and he's on pace for 106.

Albert Pujols 1B/DH LAA 11 Months

Albert Pujols snapped his home run drought with a pair of solo shots off David Price in the Angels' 6-2 victory over the Rays on Sunday.

Pujols went 12 straight games without a homer, and he hadn't had a multi-RBI day since hitting his 499th and 500th career homers back on April 22. Health seems to have played a role in his slump, and while today provides some hope for the future, he still doesn't appear to be quite 100 percent with his lower body.

Albert Pujols 1B/DH LAA 11 Months

Albert Pujols went 2-for-5 with two runs scored in Wednesday's win over the Phillies.

Pujols doubled and scored in the first inning and singled and scored in the third. He was lumbering around the bases to the point where he almost looked to be in pain, so hopefully his foot isn't acting up on him again. While he's hitting just .264 with a .330 OBP, Pujols' counting stats have been there with 10 homers, 26 RBI and 26 runs scored.

Albert Pujols 1B/DH LAA 11 Months

The Angels said after Saturday's game that Albert Pujols was dealing with hamstring tightness and would likely DH again Sunday.

Pujols started at DH tonight and was removed for a pinch-runner after walking in the eighth inning. With Pujols slated to DH, it's a given that C.J. Cron will be in the lineup again at first base.

Albert Pujols 1B/DH LAA 11 Months

Albert Pujols went 2-for-4 with his MLB-leading ninth home run Friday against the Yankees.

All nine of his home runs have come in his last 15 games. Pujols now owns a .293/.356/.652 batting line and a 1.009 OPS on the year to go along with an 8/8 K/BB ratio. Finally back to full health, it looks like he's far from done terrorizing major league pitching.

Albert Pujols 1B/DH LAA 11 Months

Albert Pujols went 2-for-4 with an RBI double, a walk, and a run scored in Wednesday's loss to the Nationals.

No home runs for Pujols after joining the 500-homer club on Tuesday, but the 34-year-old kept the hot hitting going. Pujols is now slashing .284/.351/.625 in 97 plate appearances. One item worth keeping an eye on is his strikeout rate, as it is markedly lower than it has been since Pujols joined the Angels as a free agent. His current 8.2 percent strikeout rate would be his lowest since 2006.

Albert Pujols 1B/DH LAA 11 Months

Albert Pujols made history on Tuesday, blasting his 499th and 500th home runs as the Angels defeated the Nationals 7-2.

Pujols took Taylor Jordan deep for No. 499 in the first inning, a three-run blast. Then he became the 26th member of the 500 home run club with a two-run homer to left-center. Pujols, 34, is the third-youngest to join the fraternity. Pujols now leads the league with eight home runs on the season and is carrying a .274/.337/.619 line. Reports of his demise may have been greatly exaggerated.