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Jimenez makes debut as Halos first baseman

Jimenez makes debut as Halos first baseman

CHICAGO -- Luis Jimenez still doesn't even own his own first-base mitt. Mark Trumbo gave him a brand new one, but it isn't broken in yet. So for Saturday's game, when Jimenez made his first career start at first base, he used the one Albert Pujols deploys for games.

Jimenez got some minimal work at first base during Spring Training and played an inning there in the Minors in 2007. That's the extent of his experience at the position. But with Pujols still working through pain in his right knee and left foot -- something the cold weather of Chicago doesn't help -- and an opposing lefty on the mound for the first time since May 1, Halos manager Mike Scioscia put Jimenez there in order to use Pujols as the designated hitter and replace J.B. Shuck with Trumbo in left field.


"As long as I do the job, as long as I do what the team needs to win, I'll be OK," Jimenez said. "I just try to do my stuff. Just play the game."

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.