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• Abreu appreciated the chance to talk with Albert Pujols during this weekend series. Pujols gave Abreu some important advice during Spring Training, focusing on everything from baseball to handling the language barrier.

"I have to be thankful to him," Abreu said. "He said some really good things to me that I follow and I know that they are helping me and they will continue to help me. So, he's that kind of person. A modest person and a real pro."

• Micah Johnson returned to Triple-A Charlotte's lineup Sunday, with the fleet-footed second baseman coming off the disabled list after being sidelined by a left hamstring issue.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. Joe Popely contributed to this report This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.