A late-night comment by Albert Pujols after a 3-2 victory Monday shed some light on a problem that plagued the Angels during their dismal April and may have contributed to the firing of hitting coach Mickey Hatcher in May.

"One thing we've been doing is we're really communicating well — that's something we weren't doing," Pujols said after the Angels improved to 15-4 since May 22 and moved to within 21/2 games of Texas in the American League West.

"We knew we were going to be where we're at right now, but communication has been a key — how we're going to approach a pitcher, saying, 'Hey guys, he's doing this right now, he's changing his plan.' We're able to make adjustments, and that's a big thing."