Albert Pujols had words with Gerrit Cole during Sunday’s win

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Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole, for some reason, wasn’t happy with Angels outfielder Kole Calhoun, who worked a full count before lining out to first base in top of the sixth inning. Cole stared Calhoun down and said a few words.

Cole happened to reach base with a single in the bottom of the sixth. That allowed first baseman Albert Pujols to come in and have a chat with Cole. Or give, as’s Alden Gonzalez put it, “a stern lecture.” Neither player, after the game, would comment on what exactly was said.

Pujols told the media, “I don’t want to talk about that. I said what I had to say to him, and that’s it.” He added, “Whatever I had to say, I said it to him. And that stays between me and him.”

Cole, meanwhile, simply said, “That conversation will stay on the field.”

Pujols gave the Angels a 5-4 lead, delivering a two-run home run off of lefty reliever Tony Watson in the eighth inning. It proved to be the winning hit.

Phillies’ Bryce Harper to miss start of season after elbow surgery

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PHILADELPHIA – Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery.

The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia’s lineup as the designated hitter by the All-Star break. He could be back in right field by the end of the season, according to the team.

The 30-year-old Harper suffered a small ulnar collateral ligament tear in his elbow in April. He last played right field at Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and shifted to designated hitter.

Harper met Nov. 14 with ElAttrache, who determined the tear did not heal on its own, necessitating surgery.

Even with the elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost in six games to Houston. He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.

In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was sidelined for two months. The two-time NL MVP still hit .286 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs for the season.

Harper left Washington and signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in 2019. A seven-time All-Star, Harper has 285 career home runs.

With Harper out, the Phillies could use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber at designated hitter. J.T. Realmuto also could serve as the DH when he needs a break from his catching duties.