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.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Athletics and Cardinals have agreed on a trade involving outfielder Stephen Piscotty. The Cardinals will receive two as yet unknown minor leaguers in return.
Piscotty, 26, hit .235/.342/.367 with nine home runs and 39 RBI in 401 plate appearances for the Cardinals this past season. He dealt with injuries and with his mother’s ALS diagnosis, so it was a rough year, but very excusably so. The Cardinals had signed him to a six-year, $33.5 million contract extension in March. He’s under contract through 2022 at a total of $29.5 million and has a club option for 2023 worth $15 million with a $1 million buyout.
The Cardinals had an outfield spot open up after agreeing to acquire Marcell Ozuna from the Marlins on Wednesday so the Piscotty trade doesn’t come as a surprise.