An Angels first baseman hit a home run last night


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.

Mike Fiers may not be ready for start of regular season due to back issue

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Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that Tigers starter Mike Fiers is dealing with a back issue and may not be ready for the start of the season. Manager Ron Gardenhire characterized the injury as a “stiff back” and added, “Maybe a little bit of a bulging disk or something like that.”

Fiers, 32, signed a one-year, $6 million deal with the Tigers in December. He has had a forgettable spring, yielding 12 runs on 10 hits and eight walks with seven strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings.

Fiers had a rotation spot locked up along with Michael Fulmer, Jordan Zimmermann, and Francisco Liriano. Matt Boyd and Daniel Norris were battling it out for the No. 5 spot. If Fiers opens the regular season on the 10-day disabled list, both could have spots in the rotation.