Tuesday Halolinks: Many Positives in Angels' First Game, Pujols Still Good

For the first time in years, Angel players pay attention when #5 is at the plate.

Yes, they're officially here...GAMES!

  • Here are a few things to take away from the Angels' first spring training game: Angels beat Athletics, 9-1 - latimes.com. "Leadoff batter Erick Aybar (single, two walks) and No. 2 hitter Howie Kendrick (single, two-run homer, walk) reached base in their first three plate appearances, setting the table superbly for Albert Pujols." I'm not too sure if Kendrick will spend much time this season hitting out of the #2 spot, but after one game, it doesn't look like a bad idea.

    That new guy pretty much did what was expected of him: Angels 9, Athletics 1 - FOX Sports. "Wilson, who came to California from the Texas Rangers, said he used to play fantasy baseball when he was in the minors - and drafted Pujols at least once. ''It's kind of funny,'' Wilson said. ''He came up there and drive in the run and we all looked at each other in the dugout and said `Yep, that's Albert.' That's what he does. 'I'm happy to be in the Albert Pujols fan club.''
  • Often lost in the Pujols/Wilson news is one of the Halos' other additions: Angels’ Pujols, Wilson don’t waste time - The Orange County Register. "That was fun. Hopefully we get to do that a lot this year," Pujols said of the early offense which also featured a two-run home run by another new addition, catcher Chris Iannetta." Even former Mathis apologist Lyle Spencer had something to say about the new Angels' catcher: Spring Training: Albert Pujols makes his Angels, and promptly delivers his first Cactus League RBI - angels.com. "Chris Iannetta, the new offensive upgrade behind the plate courtesy of Colorado, flexed his muscles with a two-run homer after lining out in his first at-bat. He'll give the bottom third of the order the pop it's been lacking." Lacking? And why was it lacking??

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