The bottom of Pujols' left hand is still a little swollen, creating some pain every time he makes contact because he holds the knob with that part of his hand. The 35-year-old first baseman led off the fourth with a home run over the Green Monster in left-center field, then notched a double in the eighth when Rusney Castillo couldn't corral his fly ball in shallow right.
Pujols, who got hurt on a hit by pitch in Toronto on Wednesday night, understands he'll have to hit through some pain for a little while.
"It's one of those things, day by day," Pujols said after Friday's game. "It's just a bruise, and it's getting better. I have to give a lot of credit to the trainers. They've done a great job with it."
• Since his promotion to Class A Advanced Inland Empire, 21-year-old lefty Sean Newcomb -- ranked second in the Angels' system and 63rd overall by MLBPipeline.com -- has allowed just one run in 10 2/3 innings, scattering five hits, walking four and striking out 11. Andrew Heaney, ranked first in the Angels' system and 24th overall, has a 1.00 ERA in his last three starts for Triple-A Salt Lake.
• The last time the Angels were at Fenway Park, Kole Calhoun leaped over the right-field fence to take away a three-run homer from Brock Holt. "You know, most guys would've probably caught that neck-high," Scioscia quipped.
Calhoun is listed at 5-foot-10 and Collin Cowgill, who typically comes in as a defensive replacement in left field, is listed at 5-foot-9. "When him and Cowgill are out there, they're two L.A. Angels garden gnomes," Scioscia joked. "That's what I tell [Mike] Trout -- make sure you don't step on them."