Originally written on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 11/17/14

Baseball Hall of Fame members Orlando Cepeda (L) and Bruce Sutter (R) pose for a photograph with St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols during the Pujols Family Foundation's 5th Annual Christmas Event in St. Louis on December 5, 2009. The Pujols Family Foundation headed by St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols, reaches out to improverished families and children in the Dominican Republic and aids in the development and care of those with Down Syndrome. UPI/Bill Greenblatt Photo via Newscom

Getty Images

TEMPE, Az. For the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim this spring, the hype has been about Albert Pujols. The hope, for the Angels, has been for Kendrys Morales. So far, so good. And it got even better on Thursday afternoon. Morales, out since fracturing his lower left leg in a home late celebration of a May 29, 2010 walk-off grand slam against Seattle, faced big-league pitching in a game for the first time in 661 days, and passed every test he was given, including showing no hesitation to run the bases and slide. "This was a real step I wanted to take today," Morales, a Cuban defector, said through an interpreter. Pujols continued to do what the Angels want him to do after giving him a 10-year, 240 million free-agent contract to lure him from St. Louis to provide a major offensive influx, doubling home a run in a four-run second of the 7-4 victory against Kansas City, leaving his average at .364. And Morales started to do what the Angels hope he can once again do. After sufferi...
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Peterson’s dad: Vikings are trying to inflate trade value

Joint with Aaron Hernandez’s DNA found at murder scene

Report: Lynch agrees to new contract with Seahawks

Marques Colston restructures contract, will remain with Saints

Syracuse loses scholarships, vacates 108 wins, on probation

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Bryce Harper on Nationals: ‘People want to see us fail’

Gary Bettman on shootouts: 'Fans like the way the game is'

Indianapolis Colts to part ways with Reggie Wayne

Report: Jets to release Percy Harvin

NFL teams shed Top 5 salaries, eye free agency

Report: Jets acquire Brandon Marshall in trade with Bears

WATCH: Hawks pregame tribute to Dominique Wilkins

Bucs cheerleaders win $825K in lawsuit with team

Small conference tourneys: this weekend of madness

NFL Draft prospect decapitated a Sports Science dummy

Jeanie Buss says Lakers will celebrate Kobe’s 20th season

Winners and losers in the Brandon Marshall trade

Photo of plane by Giants' Larry Donnell in NY Times

WATCH: Matt Harvey looked fantastic for the Mets on Friday

Timeline of Yankee captains

Reggie Miller shares great Jordan trash talking story

Winston's film vs. Oregon is why scouts love him

Ndamukong Suh: Show him the money

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

WATCH: Hawks tribute to Nique

Small conference tourneys: this weekend of madness

Winners, losers in Marshall trade

Timeline of Yankee captains

Reggie Miller shares great MJ story

Ndamukong Suh: Show him the money

Winston's film vs. Oregon is why scouts love him

Report: Jets acquire Brandon Marshall

With Pence out, Giants have options

Analyzing the top-five free agent QBs

NBA players set to make biggest impact

Larry Bird trash talks Dominique Wilkins’ statue

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.