Pujols now at No. 1 on RBI list for Dominicans

Third-inning single puts him at 18th on MLB's all-time list

April 23rd, 2017

ANAHEIM -- achieved several statistical milestones in Sunday's 6-2 loss to the Blue Jays, climbing MLB's all-time lists for RBIs and doubles.

Pujols' 1,832nd RBI moved him past Manny Ramirez for sole possession of 18th place all-time and put him ahead of Ramirez for first among Dominican-born Major Leaguers. He also clubbed the 605th double of his career, tying Paul Molitor for 12th in MLB history.

"It's pretty special, obviously, if you look at the Dominican players who have played this game," Pujols said. "You can't ignore it, your place in history, but I'm not really focused on that. I'm focused on trying to do the best that I can to help this ballclub win every day, and that's my job."

Pujols plated the Angels' first run, scoring with an RBI single to center against Toronto starter in the third inning. He now has 15 on the season, bringing his total with Los Angeles to 503. He drove in 1,329 runs with the Cardinals from 2001-11.

He added a double off Stroman in the ninth inning, his third of 2017 and 150th with the Angels, and then came around to score the Angels' second run on ' single. Pujols finished 3-for-4, collecting his second three-hit performance of the series.

The Angels slugger could quickly vault up the all-time RBIs list this season. One more and he'll tie Dave Winfield for 17th place (1,833). After Winfield, Pujols' next 11 RBIs will advance him past Rafael Palmeiro (1,835), Ken Griffey Jr. (1,836) and Ted Williams (1,839) to tie Carl Yastrzemski (1,844).

Pujols has a ways to go to catch Hank Aaron, the all-time record holder with 2,297. The next closest active player is , who has 1,562 RBIs on his resume.

He'll need 19 more doubles to continue climbing that list and catch Aaron at No. 11 (624). The Rangers' (591) is nearest among active players in doubles, while Tris Speaker ranks first all-time with 792 throughout his 22-year career.

"When I'm done and retired, I think I can look back," Pujols said. "But as of right now, my focus is to help this ballclub win."