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By Compiled from interviews and other newspapers' reports | September 10, 2006
St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols is good, real good. Not exactly breaking news there. But Pujols seems to be taken for granted these days, with some ignoring just how impressive his young career has been. Pujols, in his sixth big league season, is just 26. He's two months younger than Philadelphia Phillies slugger Ryan Howard, who is in his first full year in the majors. Some have speculated that Pujols is older than his birth certificate denotes, but he always has denied those unfounded claims.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2014
Based on the way the first five battles between the Orioles and Los Angeles Angels had played out, there was little question the season-series finale was going to possess its share of drama. So how about a scoreless tie that stretched into the 13th inning before the Angels finally cracked the Orioles' stubborn bullpen and avoided a sweep? Throw in a potential no-hitter that was thwarted by injury and you had just another ho-hum affair between two evenly matched clubs that could end up clashing again in the postseason.
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By Dan Connolly and Dan Connolly,Sun reporter | October 22, 2006
DETROIT -- Four times in the final three games of the National League Championship Series, St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols was walked intentionally. Simple strategy: Don't let baseball's most feared hitter beat you. Ultimately, Pujols was held in check, but St. Louis still advanced to the World Series. In Game 1 last night, on baseball's biggest stage, the world and the Detroit Tigers learned why it's best to be extra careful with King Albert. In a third-inning scenario that screamed for an intentional walk - first base open, two outs - rookie Justin Verlander pitched to Pujols, and the slugger responded with a two-run homer to right that sparked the Cardinals and fearless rookie starter Anthony Reyes to a 7-2 win and a 1-0 lead in the Series.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | April 20, 2012
ANAHEIM, Calif. - The last time slugger Albert Pujols faced the Orioles in a regular-season matchup, Friday's starter Brian Matusz was in high school, Buck Showalter was in his first year managing the Texas Rangers and outfielder Nick Markakis had been drafted earlier that week by the Orioles in the first round. It was June 6-8, 2003, and Pujols, then 23, went 7-for-13 with three doubles and six RBIs as his St. Louis Cardinals beat the Orioles in two out of three games at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.
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By Joe Christensen and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | June 9, 2003
ST. LOUIS - No matter how frustrated they were after dropping five of six games on this road trip to Houston and St. Louis, the Orioles left Busch Stadium yesterday feeling somewhat positive because their offense has been so good of late. Who knew this team would wake up June 9 feeling like an offensive machine? The Orioles will enter their series against the Chicago Cubs tomorrow boasting the American League leader in hitting, as Melvin Mora went 2-for-4 yesterday, lifting his average to a cool .365.
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By DAVID LENNON | October 21, 2005
CHICAGO -- The Houston Astros waited 44 seasons for Yadier Molina's soft fly ball to settle into the glove of right fielder Jason Lane on Wednesday night. For Brad Lidge, the previous 48 hours felt almost as long. Until the Astros finally put away the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Championship Series and advanced to their first World Series, Lidge had to be squirming on the bullpen bench. Given the chance to finish off St. Louis in Game 5, Lidge got within one strike of a clinching victory before David Eckstein's two-out single set in motion a chain of events that ended with Albert Pujols' three-run homer.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | July 15, 2003
CHICAGO - Sammy Sosa and Ken Griffey weren't invited and Barry Bonds refused to participate, removing the electricity from last night's Home Run Derby. At least all the power wasn't drained. Though more subdued than in past years, the crowd cheered every ball that landed in the seats during the All-Star competition at U.S. Cellular Field. They were loudest for St. Louis' Albert Pujols, who hit the two longest homers, but Anaheim's Garret Anderson defeated him, 9-8, in the final round to win the title.
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By MIKE FITZPATRICK | October 18, 2005
HOUSTON -- They were perched atop the dugout steps, ready to race onto the field for a wild celebration. Only one out to go for the Houston Astros to reach their first World Series. There was only one problem - it was Albert Pujols. And with one mighty swing, Pujols saved the St. Louis Cardinals by hitting a stunning three-run homer off Brad Lidge in the ninth inning for a 5-4 victory last night in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series. "I just couldn't believe I did it," Pujols said.
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May 9, 2002
On deck Pedro Astacio of the Mets will try to improve to 6-1 as he faces Barry Bonds and the Giants tonight. He said it "I didn't say anything to Pujols. I just hugged him." Matt Morris, Cards pitcher, on teammate Albert Pujols' running catch in the eighth inning to preserve a one-run lead
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By RAY FRAGER | April 17, 2009
Cardinals@Cubs 2 p.m. [WGN] According to a new ESPN commercial, St. Louis slugger Albert Pujols is some kind of cyborg. Maybe he has a special sunglass setting for day games at Wrigley.
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January 27, 2012
Pujols in short term Dave van Dyck Chicago Tribune Are we talking long- or short-term? For the next three years, Pujols will mean more to the Angels than Fielder will to the Tigers. After that, the roles reverse, only because of Pujols' age (no matter which age you believe). What makes Pujols so valuable are the things he does past the obvious. Yes, he hits home runs at key moments, hits for average and plays a decent first base (better than Fielder)
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December 8, 2011
The report this morning that superstar Albert Pujols has agreed to terms with the Los Angeles Angels probably registered on every Richter scale in Southern California. No official confirmation yet, but the deal apparently is for 10 years and $250 million, very similar to the terms that shook the baseball world when Alex Rodriguez broke the bank on the last day of the 2000 Winter Meetings right here in Dallas. Of course, that deal turned out to be a disaster for the Rangers, who would eventually be forced into bankruptcy, but the Angels are a big-market team with a very rich owner who obviously was frustrated that they missed the postseason two years in a row. The Angels also reportedly have agreed to a deal with top free agent pitcher C.J. Wilson, which would push their Winter Meetings spending spree to $327.5 million.
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By Kevin Baxter, Tribune newspapers | September 28, 2011
How much is one of the best players in baseball history worth? We may soon find out if Albert Pujols follows through on his threat to test the free-agent market this winter. The Cardinals slugger probably won't be the only big-name player available. Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder, Mets shortstop Jose Reyes, Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez, Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia, Rangers ace C.J. Wilson and Padres closer Heath Bell may also be looking for riches in a tough economy.
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By Matt Castello | June 29, 2011
On Tuesday night, Albert Pujols missed his first road game this season, much to the chagrin of Baltimore baseball fans who had hoped to see one of the sport's best players at Camden Yards. Following a collision at first base nine days ago, Pujols -- an impending free agent who is reportedly seeking a contract in the neighborhood of $300 million -- is out four to six weeks with a small fracture in his left forearm. The news must have been disheartening for an Orioles front office that surely expected a boost in ticket sales with the prodigious slugger at Camden Yards.
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By Phil Rogers | March 31, 2011
Tick-tock. Tick-tock. Tick-tock. With every day that passes, the Albert Pujols era comes closer to ending in St. Louis. This has been some run — arguably only Derek Jeter has had a better one with his original team over the last two decades — and it's as hard to imagine the Cardinals without Pujols as it is the Yankees without Jeter. But the clock is ticking loudly and thus far Cardinals owner Bill DeWitt Jr. and general manager John Mozeliak have done nothing to stifle the noise.
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By Matt Vensel | February 21, 2011
Baltimore athletic supporters are dreaming about the possbility of Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols signing with the Orioles next offseason. But franchise icon Cal Ripken Jr. doesn't think Pujols will go anywhere if he becomes a free agent at season's end. "I can’t see Albert playing outside the Cardinal uniform," Ripken told KMOX radio in St. Louis over the weekend. Ripken said we shouldn't read anything into Pujols' decision to break off contract talks with the Cardinals before spring training.
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February 21, 2011
He's going nowhere Peter Schmuck Baltimore Sun Stand by for months of Albert angst in St. Louis and rampant free agent speculation in each of Major League Baseball's large-market cities ... and it will all be much ado about nothing. If he isn't a Cardinal in 2012, my three well-regarded Tribune Co. colleagues, I will come over and wax your cars. The Cardinals will keep him if they have to tie him to a chair and bring in a cult deprogrammer to turn him against his agent, but that probably won't be necessary.
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By Matt Vensel | February 10, 2011
There is plenty of optimism in Baltimore right now with the Orioles set to start spring training next week. And why not? The rebuilt Birds brought in Mark Reynolds, Derrek Lee, Kevin Gregg and Vladimir Guerrero. Fans can already taste the oh-so sweet flavor of .500 baseball. Meanwhile, it's doom and gloom in St. Louis. It appears the Cardinals and three-time National League MVP Albert Pujols won't agree on a extension by the Feb. 16 deadline set by Pujols. He wants to stay in St. Louis, but all bets are off when teams start dropping Brink's trucks from helicopters onto your front lawn.
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