Albert Pujols is expected to return to the lineup on Wednesday after the Angels first baseman stayed in Kansas City to be with his wife and new baby daughter, who was born early Sunday morning. Pujols missed Tuesday's win to be with his wife, Deidre, and the baby, Esther Grace, the couple's fifth child and third daughter. Esther Grace was born at 3:30 a.m. CT in Kansas City -- where Deidre's parents live -- and it just so happened the Angels were playing a series at Kauffman Stadium. After some rest, Pujols still played in Sunday's series finale, serving as the designated hitter before staying back with the family while the team returned to Los Angeles. "There's no doubt Albert is where he needs to be," Scioscia said. Rangers: Young nominated for Clemente Award
Michael Young has been named the Rangers' nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award, which honors philanthropic work, sportsmanship and community involvement. This is the fourth consecutive time Young has been nominated for the honor. Young has a longstanding partnership with Wipe Out Kids' Cancer, which aims to eliminate cancer through cutting edge research. Young will be honored during a pregame ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 29, at Rangers Ballpark. Fans can vote for their favorite Clemente Award recipient at MLB.com and automatically be entered for a chance to win a trip to the 2012 World Series. Worth noting
Angels outfielder Torii Hunter, who entered the series hitting .411 with three home runs and 17 RBIs in his last 18 games, went 1-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored on Tuesday. The Angels are 8-6 against the Rangers this season. Los Angeles has outscored Texas, 44-18, in their past five meetings. Young owns a seven-game hit streak, and he entered the series hitting .346 over his last 14 games. "You're seeing Michael Young grinding like he always does," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "Now he's catching breaks. Some of the balls he's connecting on are catching holes, and some he's not hitting good are finding holes. He's a quality hitter. At some point, things have to turn in his favor."