Albert Pujols returned to the Angels' lineup Tuesday night as the designated hitter against Boston to open a three-game series at Angel Stadium. He missed the previous four games after straining his right calf running the bases against the Red Sox at Fenway Park last Wednesday.

Pujols said his leg was "still sore" but feels better than it did in Detroit, where the Angels lost two out of three with him on the bench.

"It's something that's progressing every day, but I think I feel pretty good — good enough to go out there and play," he said before the game. "I felt like that in Detroit too, but they told me, 'Let's give it a couple of more days, and it should be feeling better, and here we are today."