Scioscia confident Pujols will come around

Scioscia confident Pujols will come around

CLEVELAND -- Albert Pujols entered the Angels' three-game set against the Indians batting just .224 with no homers and four RBIs. Don't, however, color his club concerned.

"It's a short sample right now to look at anything that's going on," skipper Mike Scioscia said. "I think there are some things that he will do as he gets comfortable in the batter's box and we'll start to see them."

Pujols signed a 10-year, $240 million contract with Los Angeles over the winter after spending 11 seasons in St. Louis. Aside from Interleague Play, nine All-Star Game appearances and two trips to the World Series, this is his first go-around at American League pitching.

His unfamiliarity with opposing pitchers could be factoring into his slow start, though Scioscia said it's too early to draw any conclusions from the first baseman's struggles at the plate.

"He's going to hit," Scioscia said. "He's hit guys that he's never seen before, whether in Interleague or whatever. He's going to be there for us in the end."