Angels star Albert Pujols joined the 3,000-hit club Friday night on the road in Seattle, spraying a single to right field in the fifth inning.
Los Angeles Angels' Albert Pujols, second from left, hugs third base coach Dino Ebel, left, while first base coach Alfredo Griffin carries first base, after Pujols singled for his 3,000th career hit, against the Seattle Marine.More news: Paul Ryan Reverses Course, Accepts House Chaplain Rescinding Resignation
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BC-BBA-Angels-Pujols 3000, 2nd Ld-Writethru, 837 Albert Pujols becomes 32nd player in 3,000-hit clubAP Photo WAET107, WAET109, WAET110, WAET110, WAET112Eds: Updates with quotes from Pujols, additional details.
Pujols signed with the Angels in 2012, when their general manager was current Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto. He won three MVPs and finished second in the voting four other times. Pujols dumped the single into shallow right field on his sixth attempt to reach the mark after getting to 2,999. That's not unusual for members of the 3,000-hit club, but he's avoided that while hitting for power and playing in the highest-strikeout era in major league history. Scioscia said Ohtani's bullpen session on Friday went well and as long as there aren't any issues when he's re-examined on Saturday he's expected to start the series finale in Seattle.