But it wasn’t $250 million man Albert Pujols.
With Albert getting his first day off of the season on Saturday night, last year’s starting first baseman Mark Trumbo drew the nod and launched his fourth home run of 2012 as the Angels snapped a two-game losing streak by besting the Blue Jays 6-2.
Trumbo now has a healthy .904 OPS and 11 RBI.
Pujols, meanwhile, is batting just .194/.237/.269 with no home runs and five RBI in 27 games. He’s struck out 15 times and drawn only four walks in by far the worst start to a season in his major league career.
Pujols will return to the Angels’ lineup Sunday and probably won’t get another day of rest this month no matter how bad things get. But let it be noted that Anaheim is 1-0 with Pujols absent and 10-17 with him starting.
Bill Whitehead of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Braves have signed reliever David Hernandez to a minor league contract on Sunday. He’ll report to spring training as a non-roster invitee.
Hernandez, who turns 32 years old in May, signed a minor league contract with the Giants in February. He requested and was granted his release on Friday when he learned he wasn’t making the team’s 25-man roster to open the season.
Hernandez pitched for the Phillies last year. He compiled a 3.84 ERA with an 80/32 K/BB ratio in 72 2/3 innings.
Scott Kazmir won’t begin the regular season in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Manager Dave Roberts said after Kazmir’s Cactus League outing on Sunday that it “doesn’t make sense” for the ailing Kazmir to break camp in the rotation, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. The lefty will instead rehab some more and join the rotation at a later time.
Kazmir has been battling a hip issue which has caused his mechanics to suffer. He was clocked in the low 80’s 10 days ago and wasn’t much better on Sunday afternoon.
Last season with the Dodgers, Kazmir posted a 4.56 ERA with a 134/52 K/BB ratio in 136 1/3 innings, his worst numbers since returning to the majors in 2013.