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.
NEW YORK — With star outfielder Adam Jones nursing a tender hamstring, the Baltimore Orioles selected the contract of Julio Borbon from Double-A Bowie and optioned pitcher Mike Wright to Triple-A Norfolk.
Borbon was inserted in the starting lineup for Baltimore, batting ninth against hard-throwing New York Yankees rookie Chad Green.
“We had some other center field options,” manager Buck Showalter said. “Borbon is our best option at this point.”
Jones left Friday’s game in the second inning with a left hamstring strain. He departed the previous night’s game at Washington in the ninth inning with hamstring cramps and aggravated the injury hustling down the first base line on a soft grounder to third.
“I got a feeling that if he hadn’t had that first swinging bunt, it might not have been a problem,” Showalter indicated. “He’s not going to trot to first base as much as I talked to him about it before the game.”
Although Jones was unable to talk his way into Saturday’s lineup, Showalter speculated that he might be available to pinch-hit.
The 30-year old Borbon was 2 for 9 in five games with the Orioles earlier this season, but was designated for assignment on July 26. To create room for Borbon on the 40-man roster, pitcher Logan Ondrusek was designated for assignment on Friday.
Good news in Boston: An MRI on Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi‘s left knee revealed no structural damage.
Benintendi slipped while trying to avoid a tag at second base, injuring his leg, but it appears he’s avoided a serious injury. A timetable for his return isn’t known at this point, but the Red Sox expect to get him back before the end of the season.
Benintendi is hitting .324/.365/.485 with a homer and ten RBI in 21 games.