Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 4/7/12
Clearly, the Angels don't need Albert Pujols. I mean it. They don't. They didn't need him in December, either, when Arte Moreno handed him a $240 million contract. Pujols went 0-for-3 in his first game without the famous redbirds on his jersey. In his first plate appearance, he lined into an inning-ending double play. In his second, he popped out to third. In his third, Aaron Crow overwhelmed him in a three-pitch strikeout. In his fourth, he was walked intentionally. Yet the Angels still beat the Royals 5-0 on a hotly anticipated Friday night at Angel Stadium. They staged a five-run eighth-inning rally in which Pujols was little more than a supporting actor. And that's the point: Pujols plays for a team that could make the playoffs without him. Yes, the Angels ranked in the bottom half of the American League with 667 runs scored last year. But that was a fluke, considering the personnel they had then -- and now. As they showed Friday, the Angels remain capable of the tidal-wave ...
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