Angels General Manager Jerry Dipoto said his decision to fire hitting coach Mickey Hatcher and replace him with Jim Eppard could be "a spark."

Something, perhaps, like those fireworks that erupted Wednesday beyond Angel Stadium's center-field wall, where Albert Pujols deposited his second home run as an Angel in a 7-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox.

Dipoto said he thought "long and hard" before deciding a hitting coach switch had to be made, a move unmistakably opposed by Angels Manager Mike Scioscia, a former Dodgers teammate of 13-year hitting coach Hatcher.