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Orioles expect to see quite a bit of Pujols this season

Orioles expect to see quite a bit of Pujols this season

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The last time slugger Albert Pujols faced the Orioles in a regular-season matchup, Friday's starter Brian Matusz was in high school, Buck Showalter was in his first year managing the Texas Rangers and outfielder Nick Markakis had been drafted earlier that week by the Orioles in the first round.

It was June 6-8, 2003, and Pujols, then 23, went 7-for-13 with three doubles and six RBIs as his St. Louis Cardinals beat the Orioles in two out of three games at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. In that interleague series, Pujols faced the following Orioles' starters: Rick Helling, Sidney Ponson and Jason Johnson.

In a strange scheduling twist, the Orioles did not...

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