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New morning: Albert Pujols joins Angels in camp

Published February 20, 2012 7:38 pm

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2012, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

TEMPE, Ariz. • Albert Pujols has arrived to begin his first spring training with the Los Angeles Angels.

Just as the sun was illuminating the Angels' facility, Pujols pulled his black Mercedes into the players' lot. Clutching a bag with some of his belongings, the three-time NL MVP headed to the clubhouse to meet his new teammates. The slugger's first stop was the equipment room, where he was introduced to several employees and clubhouse attendants.

Pujols left the St. Louis Cardinals after 11 seasons in December for a roughly $250 million contract with the Angels. He is scheduled to take infield and batting practice before holding a news conference at a hotel to discuss the next phase of his illustrious career. —