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Puhols finally homers

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Albert Pujols circled the bases without showing much emotion after hitting his long-awaited first home run for the Los Angeles Angels — same as he did 445 times with the St. Louis Cardinals.

But when he returned to the dugout, he had it all to himself. There was nobody home. No players, no coaches, no batboys.

Pujols’ teammates gave him the ol’ silent treatment, a plot hatched by Torii Hunter. They were all waiting for the slugger in the tunnel leading to the clubhouse. Then, a burst of euphoria and they were all back on the bench, high-fiving and slapping him all over his body.

The reception was fun for just about everyone after Pujols’ two-run shot, which helped the Angels beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 on Sunday to gain a split of the four-game series.