Albert Pujols hits first two homers in Angels uniform

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Already off to a 6-for-14 start this spring, Albert Pujols made some more noise Wednesday, homering in both of his official at-bats against the White Sox.

Pujols delivered a three-run homer off Chris Sale in the first. He was then plunked by Sale next time up, though there was nothing deliberate about it. In the fifth, he hit his second homer, that off White Sox prospect Anthony Carter.

Pujols was pulled before his fourth plate appearance, leaving him with a .500 average through 16 at-bats. Still, it’s arguable whether he’s having the best spring of Angels hitters. Howie Kendrick, who has been batting second ahead of Pujols, went 3-for-3 with a homer today to raise his average to .611.

Tigers sign Edwin Espinal to minor league deal

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Free agent first baseman Edwin Espinal has signed a minor league deal with the Tigers, the infielder announced Saturday. The move has yet to be confirmed by the team.

Espinal, 23, capped a seven-year run with the Pirates’ minor league affiliates in 2017. He split his season between Double-A Altoona and Triple-A Indianapolis, batting a cumulative .294/.327/.447 with 15 home runs and 31 doubles in 532 plate appearances. While he’s raked at nearly every level so far, he also profiles well on defense, and rounded off his 2017 performance with a perfect fielding percentage, 208 putouts and a Gold Glove award.

Espinal is untested at the major league level and it’s not yet clear if he’ll make the jump in 2018. He showed some positional versatility during his time in the minors, however, and could take reps at third base or DH if necessary. The Tigers are reportedly on the lookout for pitching depth and left-handed bats — two bills the right-handed Espinal doesn’t fit — and presumably have a lot of moves left to make this winter.