KANSAS CITY -- No matter how the 2012 season turns out for the Angels, Albert Pujols will always remember it as a special year.
Pujols and his wife, Deidre, welcomed their daughter, Esther Grace, into the world at 3:30 a.m. on Sunday. She's the slugger's fifth child and third daughter.
It was unsure whether or not Pujols was going to be able to make Sunday's series finale against the Royals, and manager Mike Scioscia's initial lineup didn't include Pujols. Instead, Erick Aybar was taking Pujols' typical place in the No. 3 spot.
"It was going to be a creative lineup, but Erick hits left-handed pitching. He's swinging the bat well," Scioscia said.
Pujols did get the start at designated hitter, where the Angels had planned on playing him due to his recovering right calf.