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Albert Pujols is feeling good and hitting well for the Angels

first_imgThe only way Ohtani can get in the lineup as the DH is when Pujols is able to play first. Pujols said he’s fine with the increased time in the field.“That’s my job,” he said. “I don’t care. Whatever they need for me, I’ll be there. This is not about Albert Pujols. This is about the Angels organization and how can this team be better. Whatever it takes I’m going to do that.”PREPARED FOR COLDOhtani’s third major league start is going to present a new challenge. The temperature is expected to be in the 30s when he takes the mound on Sunday afternoon.“Hopefully it will be warm, but if not I will be prepared for pitching in the cold weather,” Ohtani said.Ohtani grew up in the northern part of Japan, where cold weather is common. The climate is similar to the northeast United States. However, his professional team in Japan, the Nippon Ham Fighters, played in a dome. Many teams in Japan play indoors, so Ohtani said he could not recall pitching in a game with conditions like those that are expected on Sunday.Nick Tropeano, who grew up in New York, said the key to pitching in the cold is work up a good sweat inside, before even hitting the field. He also said a pitcher can take advantage of the conditions by pitching inside more, because the sting of a ball on the handle will hurt hitters even more.ALSOIan Kinsler was not in the lineup on Saturday night, which Scioscia said was planned in advance. Kinsler had been on the disabled list with a tight groin, before returning to play on Thursday and Friday. The cold weather also factored in the decision to give Kinsler the day off. Scioscia said Kinsler could play on Sunday…The Angels are finally expected to debut their six-man rotation sometime next week, Scioscia said. The Angels used nine starters in their first 15 games, but they have only five on the current roster. Unless the Angels want Ohtani to pitch on less than six days rest, they will need to add another starter sometime next week. Parker Bridwell is the most likely candidate. Jaime Barría is not eligible to be recalled until April 22, barring another injury.UP NEXTAngels (Shohei Ohtani, 2-0, 2.08) at Royals (Erik Skoglund, 0-1, 9.64), Sunday, 11 a.m., Fox Sports West, KLAA/830. Pujols, however, did not have any issues over the past winter, and a result he reported to spring training saying he had lost about 15 pounds.The logical assumption is that his early season hot streak is related to his physical condition.“I’m feeling great,” Pujols said after Friday’s game.Added Manager Mike Scioscia: “I just think you are seeing him comfortable in the batter’s box. That could be related to a lot of things. He always works hard on things. He’s always trying to get his swing where he wants, and right now he has it there. He’s swinging the bat very well.”Pujols’ health is vital to the Angels on two fronts. Besides being more productive at the plate, Pujols has been able to play first base more. He’s already started nine times at first, more than the six he started all last year. KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Before there was Shohei Ohtani, and before there was Mike Trout, there was Albert Pujols.Although Pujols may be down the Angels current depth chart of stars, he is nonetheless showing encouraging signs of bouncing back from the declining numbers of the past couple years.Pujols had his fourth multi-hit game in the past five on Friday night. Over his previous 10 games, he has hit .341 with two homers and an .892 OPS. The hot start has him already within 13 hits of the 3,000-hit milestone.The Angels had been operating under the belief that much of his trouble in 2017 — a career-worst .672 OPS — was because of two years worth of injuries to his feet. Not only did that cause discomfort, but the injuries interrupted his workout regimen and caused his conditioning to deteriorate.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Angels acquire hard-throwing reliever John Curtiss from Twins

General Manager Billy Eppler has said often that he is looking for pitchers who have big strikeout numbers and throw hard, as well as those who induce ground balls. It was the recipe that led the Angels to pick up Luis Garcia earlier this offseason.Curtiss has options, which makes him particularly valuable to the Angels.Ozoria, 18, hit .222 with a .293 on-base percentage in two minor league seasons, both at rookie ball.Bridwell was designated for assignment for the third time this offseason, twice by the Angels. The Yankees claimed him and DFA’d him in between.Related Articles Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros The Angels acquired another hard-throwing reliever with a penchant for strikeouts when they picked up right-hander John Curtiss from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for minor league infielder Daniel Ozoria on Tuesday.The Angels designated Parker Bridwell for assignment to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Curtiss.Curtiss, 25, has pitched 15 innings for the Twins over the past two seasons, with 17 strikeouts. He has allowed 12 runs.In the minors, Curtiss has a career 2.94 ERA over five seasons, with 306 strikeouts in 251 innings. Curtiss has thrown as hard as 99 mph in the majors, and he averaged 94 mph in his brief big league stint last season. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone read more