Angels Vs. Rangers: Albert Pujols Returns After Daughter's Birth

As expected, Albert Pujols has returned to the team in California, and the first baseman will be in the lineup against the Texas Rangers after sitting out Tuesday's game to remain with his wife and newborn daughter in Kansas City.

Los Angeles was on the road playing the Royals on Sunday during the birth, and Pujols played in the Sunday game afterward. He had one hit in four at-bats.

The Angels' slugger stayed in Kansas City following his daughter's birth, and his wife, Deidre, was still in the hospital as of Tuesday afternoon, according to the Los Angeles Times. Pujols's teammates did fine without him on Tuesday, winning 11-3.

He was replaced in the lineup by Kendrys Morales, who batted fourth as Torii Hunter slid into Pujols's third slot in the batting order. Hunter will move back to fourth in the order as Pujols returns.

1. Mike Trout, CF
2. Erick Aybar, SS
3. Albert Pujols, 1B
4. Torii Hunter, RF
5. Howard Kendrick, 2B
6. Vernon Wells, LF
7. Alberto Callaspo, 3B
8. Mark Trumbo, DH
9. Chris Iannetta, C

C.J. Wilson, P

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