Albert Pujols Not In Saturday’s Lineup

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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.”