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Angels | Dale Sveum says Albert Pujols isn't the same

Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum said that it has become easier to pitch to Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Albert Pujols these days. "He's come down to being more human, that's for sure," Sveum said. "At one point in his career, you pitch around him, you walk him, you do all kinds of things. But you didn't want him to beat you. Now he's a little more able to be pitched to." Pujols is hitting only .244 with nine home runs and 35 RBIs this season.

Fantasy Tip: Age and nagging foot and knee problems have slowed Pujols down this year. The plantar fasciitis in his foot will likely bother him for the rest of the year, which has to be a concern to his fantasy owners. Pujols can still be productive, but the days of 30-plus home runs are likely in the past for him.

2013-06-05 16:04:21 | Source: Chicago Tribune - Paul Sullivan

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