Fantasy Football 2014:

Angels' Pujols back to hitting like old self

The SportsXchange

WASHINGTON -- Los Angeles Angels' first baseman Albert Pujols was hoping that his wife, Deidre, would be on hand when he hit the 500th career homer of his career.

But she missed by a few days, as Pujols went deep twice Tuesday against young Washington pitcher Taylor Jordan to reach the milestone in a 7-2 win against the Nationals.

Pujols called his wife back in California after his second homer and she asked if had hit his 500th home run. So what was his wife doing when he called?

"She was doing her nails," said Pujols, with a laugh.

There were also happy faces in the Angels clubhouse, as Pujols seems to have found his old form now that he has eight homers this year.

"I can't really say enough about how great of a teammate he is and what he's meant to us as a team," said second baseman Howie Kendrick, who had two hits Tuesday. "This year in spring training he told me he said, 'Hey man, I feel good this year.' It's great to see him playing well and being his old self. He looks like the Albert of old."

Left fielder Raul Ibanez, who had the game-winning hit as a pinch-hitter Monday, was on deck when Pujols went deep in the fifth.

"Just an honor to be a part of it, such an incredible career that's still going. To have been there and to have been on deck, I'll never forget it," Ibanez said.

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