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Albert Pujols Goes 1-for-6 In Return To Cardinals’ Starting Lineup

It doesn’t look all that impressive in the box score, but considering Albert Pujols is just 17 days separated from fracturing his left wrist, I’m sure the Cardinals don’t mind the 1-for-6 line.

Albert played the full game at first base against the Reds, a game that ended up lasting 13 innings before Cincy claimed a 9-8 win. Of course, that happened only after the Reds blew an 8-0, sixth-inning lead, which disappeared completely when Jon Jay hit a game-tying shot to lead off the bottom of the ninth against Francisco Cordero. A very entertaining game, indeed.

But back to Pujols. Batting his customary third in the order, he showed good strength out of that previously injured wrist immediately as he drove a ball to fairly deep right field in the first inning. It found Jay Bruce’s glove.

Pujols hit a ground ball up the middle in the fourth inning, but it was snagged by Edgar Renteria, who made a nice play for an out. Pujols grounded into a fielder’s choice at second base to end the sixth. Each of his first three at-bats ended innings.

Then in the eighth, he came to the plate with the Cardinals down by two runs and still rallying after scoring four runs in the frame. Pujols made it five with a high chopper that hopped over Scott Rolen’s glove. The fans seemed to like that a lil’ bit.

Two batters after Jay’s dramatic homer, Pujols ended the ninth with a 5-4-3 double play. His final at-bat of the long night ended with another opposite-field line drive at Bruce.

So, 1-for-6. Yeah, so what? Let me reiterate: Pujols is just 17 days separated from fracturing his freaking wrist! He didn’t even need a rehab assignment! His defense doesn’t look too affected either.

By coming back so quickly, Pujols still has a chance to play in 143 for the 11th consecutive season.

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