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Albert Pujols Not In Saturday’s Lineup

Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols is not in the lineup for Saturday’s game against the Minnesota Twins. Mark Trumbo replaced Pujols at first base.

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Pujols is hitting just .194 with no home runs and five RBIs in the first year of his 10-year, $240 million contract with the Angels. Former manager Tony La Russa weighed in on Pujols’ struggles, saying that the contract is a “distraction” for the slugger.

“He’s not accepting this or tolerating this any more than at any other time when he’s not himself,” La Russa said. “But [the contract] is a distraction. If you care at all — and he cares — it’s a distraction.”