Pujols productive despite bruised left hand

Angels first baseman homers, doubles in return to lineup

Pujols productive despite bruised left hand

BOSTON -- Albert Pujols homered and doubled in his return to the lineup during the Angels' 12-5 win against the Red Sox on Friday, two days after taking a fastball to his left hand/wrist.

"It still bothered me a little bit," Pujols said, "but it'll go away in a couple days."

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.

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"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."

Worth noting

• 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's amazing grab

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."

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.