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(Sports Network) – Albert Pujols makes his American League debut this evening
when the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim open their 2012 season against the Kansas
City Royals at Angel Stadium. Ray Rice Womens Jersey . After spending 11
marvelous seasons in St. Louis, Pujols stunned the baseball world this winter,
as he chose to leave the Cardinals after winning a second World Series title
with them, opting to sign a monster 10-year, $240 million deal with the Angels.
However, Pujols, who won three MVP awards in St. Louis, is coming off a sub- par
season by his standards in 2011. He hit under .300 with fewer than 100 RBI for
the first time in his career (.299, 99 RBI), while swatting 37 homers. “The game
doesnt change,” said Pujols. “When I got into the big leagues in 2001, I didnt
know anyone in the National League, so thats how Im going to take it. Its a
different league, but I came in in 2001 and didnt know any pitchers around the
league.” He wont be the only new face in the Angels dugout, though. Shortly
after the Pujols news broke at the Winter Meetings, the Angels not only
strengthened their own pitching staff but significantly weakened the Texas
Rangers in the process by inking left-hander C.J. Wilson to a five-year contract
worth $77.5 million. Wilson joins an already loaded rotation that includes
Jered Weaver, Dan Haren and Ervin Santana. Weaver takes the ball tonight after a
terrific 2011 that saw him go 18-8 with a 2.41 ERA and 198 strikeouts. The
29-year-old hurler was dominant throughout the year and posted three months with
an ERA lower than 2.00. He also started the season with six straight victories.
Nobody is happier that Pujols is on board than Weaver, who posted those big
numbers last season, despite having the second-lowest run support in the AL.
Over the past three seasons, Weaver now ranks fifth in the majors in wins (47),
eighth in innings (671) and 10th in ERA (3.03). “This is, I think, the best team
on paper that weve had since Ive been here, no doubt about it, in terms of the
rotation and obviously the lineup,” said Weaver, who will be starting on Opening
Day for the third straight year. “But there was a couple of other teams that
looked good on paper last year and didnt quite accomplish what they wanted to
do. Thats why baseballs such a great game. Nobodys got a crystal ball and
anything can happen. It looks good on paper, and we just have to make it work.”
For years we have heard how deep and talented the Kansas City Royals farm system
was. In 2011 that young talent started to boil over at the major league level
and now for the first time in a long time, people are excited about baseball
again in Kansas City. Eric Hosmer is one of the reasons for the renewed
optimism. The young first baseman emerged last season and put himself in
American League Rookie of the Year consideration, while former prospect
Alex Gordon started to realize the potential that once made him the second
overall pick. Those two combined with another burgeoning start in
Mike Moustakas, plus the fact that the team went 15-10 down the stretch and
finished out of last place in the American League Central has people in Kansas
City thinking the future is now. Still, though, there is work to be done, as
despite the strong finish the team finished 20 games below .500 at 71-91. Kansas
City did not do much of adding pieces this offseason, but did bolster its
starting rotation. In addition to re-signing reliable left-hander Bruce Chen,
the team went out and acquired another lefty in Jonathan Sanchez from the San
Francisco Giants in exchange for outfielder Melky Cabrera. Sanchez gives the
Royals a dependable No. 2 behind Luke Hochevar and one with a postseason track
record. However, Sanchez struggled in 19 starts last season, going 4-7 with a
4.26 earned run average. Getting the ball tonight, though, will be Chen, who
will be making his first Opening Night Start. Chen once again led the Royals in
wins last season, going 12-8 with a 3.77 ERA. Chen has pitched for 10 teams in
his 14-year career, but this is his fourth with Kansas City, his longest run
with any club. “People will say, Bruce Chen is your No. 1 starter? Youve got to
be nuts!” manager Ned Yost told the teams website. “Well, the stigma of being
the No. 1 starter is one game. Its Opening Day. One game. The concept of it is
big because its Opening Day, but it doesnt mean anything in the real world.”
Should the Royals hold a late lead, Yost will turn to righty Jonathan Broxton.
Long-time closer Joakim Soria will be lost for the season after undergoing Tommy
John surgery. Kansas City won seven of its 10 matchups with the Halos a year
ago. Lardarius Webb Jersey . The star centre
fielder and general manager Ned Colletti each signed the agreement during a news
conference at Dodger Stadium, with lame duck owner Frank McCourt looking on.
“This is very special for me,” Kemp said. Ed Reed Womens Jersey . Two of Texas four
hits all night came in a two-pitch sequence. Josh Hamiltons biggest contribution
wasnt at the plate, but two tremendous run-saving catches in the field. http://www.shopthebaltimoreravensjerseys.com/sam-koch-jerseys
. Armstrong, from Kamloops, B.C., won with a season-best throw of 21.44 metres.
Tomasz Majewski of Poland was second and Rutger Smith of the Netherlands
finished third. Armstrong also won a pair of gold medals in the Czech Republic
of over the week. Cary Williams Womens Jersey .6 seconds left
in regulation lifted the Maryland Terrapins to a 75-74 win over the College of
Charleston in the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Jameel McClain Jersey . – The San Jose Sharks
have hired Jim Johnson as an assistant coach in the latest move to reshape Todd
McLellans staff.EL SEGUNDO, Calif. —Steve Blake will miss the Los Angeles
Lakers game against San Antonio on Tuesday with a minor abdominal strain,
leaving the club without its top two point guards. The Lakers announced the
results of Blakes ultrasound exam on Monday. He left Los Angeles 103-90 victory
over Sacramento on Sunday night in the first half. Blake is averaging 5.1
points, 3.4 assists and 2.4 rebounds inn seven games this season, hitting just
35. Ed Reed Youth Jersey. 3 per cent of his
shots. He has started the Lakers past five games in place of two-time NBA MVP
Steve Nash, who is sidelined at least until this weekend with a small fracture
in his leg. The Lakers remaining point guards are Darius Morris and veteran
Chris Duhon. Morris is averaging 6.6 points and 2.2 rebounds per game. ’ ’ ’ 

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