• Albert Pujols made his first appearance of the season as the designated hitter on Saturday against Rangers left-hander Matt Harrison. Pujols was off to a slow start with one hit in 14 at-bats (.071) before connecting on a two-run homer in the first inning and a solo shot in the sixth.
"Albert's handled things like this his whole career," Scioscia said, referencing Pujols' slow start in his 2012 Angels debut. "It bothered him last year. It was more an issue of his knees."
Scioscia said he will keep the DH option available to any of his regulars who "can use a day off their feet," with Mark Trumbo, who also hit a two-run homer in the first inning Saturday, expected to get a lion's share of the DH assignments.
• Scioscia had this to say in the aftermath of Hamilton's rough treatment by Texas fans on Friday: "Josh played well here, and we're happy to have him. The fans in Texas showed which side of the fence they were on."
Hamilton, like Pujols, had only one hit through four games, carrying an average of .063 into Saturday's game. Hen went 0-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts in Saturday's 8-4 victory to lower his average to .050.
• Only four Rangers had ever faced Tommy Hanson coming into his Angels debut on Saturday. A.J. Pierzynski went 3-for-3 against the veteran right-hander, and Lance Berkman was 2-for-6. Geovany Soto was 1-for-2 and Jeff Baker is hitless in his only at-bat. Howard Kendrick (5-for-15) has been the most successful Angels hitter against Harrison. Pujols entered 3-for-11 vs. Harrison.
Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.