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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The play looked embarrassing, the replay even worse. Albert Pujols hit what appeared to be a sure double, then jogged toward second base and did not slide. He was tagged out, standing up.

However, the Los Angeles Angels had an explanation after their 5-4 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Sunday. Pujols was injured, but the Angels had decided to play him because he could hit. He did not play the field and, if he really needed to run hard, they could have removed him.

Pujols has been the Angels’ designated hitter in the past two games, in three of the past four, and in five of the past nine. He disclosed after Sunday’s game that he has played with a swollen lymph node in his left groin since Wednesday.

The Angels did not send Pujols to a doctor. Pujols said the trainers considered the condition more of an infection than an injury, even with what he said was a gland swollen to the size of a golf ball.

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“I’m pretty sure I’ll be all right,” Pujols said. “They say it’s one of those things that should go away.”


• The Athletics-Marlins game was halted for 10 minutes while medical personnel treated two fans hit in the face by the same foul ball. A young woman was taken to a hospital for evaluation, the Marlins said. A man received treatment at the ballpark and was released.

• Oakland returned Josh Reddick to the 15-day disabled list after the outfielder aggravated a previous knee injury.

• The Arizona Diamondbacks placed infielder Chris Owings on the 15-day DL with a left shoulder strain.

• Red Sox hitting coach Greg Colbrunn plans to rejoin the Boston staff Monday. Colbrunn, 44, was hospitalized this month because of bleeding between the brain and the thin tissues that cover it.

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