LEADING OFF: Pujols seeks new home, Arenado vs Rockies
Albert Pujols wants to hook on with a new team and play first base. The 41-year-old superstar was cut Thursday by the Los Angeles Angels, abruptly ending a decade-long stint with his second major league club. He was designated for assignment one day after Pujols, dissatisfied with irregular playing time, had a late-night meeting with general manager Perry Minasian and team president John Carpino. Pujols, batting .198 this season, is determined to play first base regularly for another team after he clears waivers, Angels manager Joe Maddon said. Meanwhile, slugger Nolan Arenado faces the Rockies on Friday for the first time since they traded him to St. Louis, and a couple of intriguing series get started out West.