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Halos take cues from Pujols, focus on winning

Slugger's historic feat doesn't distract from ultimate goal
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ANAHEIM -- Albert Pujols went deep for the 600th time in his career Saturday night during the Angels' 7-2 win over Minnesota at Angel Stadium. But while the celebration raged over the historic moment, Los Angeles won't let it blur the team's focus of achieving their goal for Sunday and beyond -- to win ballgames.

When asked whether an emotional halo from Pujols' accomplishment would linger over his club entering Sunday's contest, manager Mike Scioscia said it wouldn't be an issue.

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ANAHEIM -- Albert Pujols went deep for the 600th time in his career Saturday night during the Angels' 7-2 win over Minnesota at Angel Stadium. But while the celebration raged over the historic moment, Los Angeles won't let it blur the team's focus of achieving their goal for Sunday and beyond -- to win ballgames.

When asked whether an emotional halo from Pujols' accomplishment would linger over his club entering Sunday's contest, manager Mike Scioscia said it wouldn't be an issue.

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The 37-year-old slugger became the ninth player in Major League history with 600 home runs, joining:

:: Albert Pujols 600-HR club coverage ::

Barry Bonds (762)
Hank Aaron (755)
Babe Ruth (714)
Alex Rodriguez (696)
Willie Mays (660)
Ken Griffey Jr. (630)
Jim Thome (612)
Sammy Sosa (609)

"We'd be ready to play whether Albert hit it last night or not," Scioscia said. "I really like the makeup of our club. We come to play, and these guys are playing hard every day. I don't think [Pujols reaching 600] was a distraction to any guys on the team."

Scioscia said players take their cues from Pujols, who was given the day off Sunday, and his win-first mentality, adding that he sensed it was a relief for the slugger to accomplish the feat.

"He wanted to do it at home, wanted to do it for his family," said Scioscia. "That happened. I know he's thankful for that, and he can hopefully not skip a beat when he gets in there on Tuesday, and continue to hit the ball."

Pounders recalled, Magnifico optioned

The Angels recalled right-handed pitcher Brooks Pounders and optioned right-hander Damien Magnifico to Triple-A Salt Lake on Sunday.

Magnifico was called up from Salt Lake on Saturday and made his club debut later that evening, walking each of the two batters he faced during the ninth inning of the contest before being lifted.

Video: MIN@LAA: Magnifico fans Polanco in the 9th

Pounders has appeared in five games for the Angels this season, with his latest outing coming on May 24 against Toronto. He struck out two batters and walked two in one inning.

"He brings a little more length," Scioscia said of Pounders.

Worth noting

• Right-handed reliever Cam Bedrosian threw a rehab outing Sunday. Bedrosian has been on the disabled list since April 22 after sustaining a right groin strain.

• Right-handed reliever Huston Street will throw off a mound later this week, according to Scioscia. Street suffered a setback Friday in his rehab assignment because of tightness in his right tricep. The veteran closer began the season on the 60-day disabled list due to a right lat strain, and was eligible to be activated Thursday.

Kaelen Jones is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles.

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