Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/17/12

The Angels are like farmers examining every rain cloud for signs of a drought-breaking storm.

Every positive at-bat from slumping first baseman Albert Pujols is examined and held onto as a sign that he is about to turn around his disappointing season.

"He has a special presence in the batter's box," manager Mike Scioscia said after Pujols hit a three-run home run in Wednesday's victory over the White Sox. "When he's on, he'll carry you for a long time. Hopefully, we're seeing him start to get a little frisky, get into that zone.

"He's told us, 'You'll know when I find it.' We'll see it. I do think he's attacked the ball better than his numbers show. He's hit some balls hard right at people because he's been hitting everything to the left side and they're bunching him (with defensive shifts).

"That pitch was middle-in but he stayed inside it and hit it to left-center. I think that's the swing he's looking for. Hopefully, he's going to be able to bottle it."

There were the first signs all season of that possibility Thursday.

Pujols hit home runs in back-to-back games, driving a fastball from Sox left-hander Chris Sale over the wall in center field for the Angels' only run in a 6-1 loss to the White Sox.

The home runs were his only hits in those games. But Pujols has 13 RBI in his last 11 games, after driving in only two runs in the 18 games before that. He has a modest six-game hitting streak during which he has gone 8-for-28, raising his average from .192 to .214.

But Pujols was typically unwilling to analyze his at-bats for the media or make too much of one at-bat, or one home run.

"I don't think about that," he said. "There are some times I feel good at the plate and hit the ball hard but don't catch any breaks. But you can't lose your focus.

"Every at-bat, no matter how I feel, I try to take it as the last at-bat of my career."

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