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Angels' Pujols out of lineup because of sore hamstring

NEW YORK (AP) -- Albert Pujols was out of the Los Angeles Angels' starting lineup on Friday at the New York Mets because of a sore right hamstring.

The 37-year-old left Wednesday's game against the Chicago White Sox in the seventh, one inning after he was thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Pujols had an MRI, which showed tendinitis in the hamstring.

"Nothing more than that," Scioscia said. "It's sore."

Los Angeles was starting a 10-game trip that included a pair of three-game series at National League ballparks, where there is no designated hitter.

"We're just going to take a little precaution to make sure he's a certain level before he plays first base," Scioscia said. "We're just going to read it on a daily basis."

Pujols is hitting .247 with five homers and 32 RBIs, usually hitting third in the order behind AL MVP Mike Trout.

"There's obviously going to be a little hole in your lineup, and you just work around it," Scioscia said.

Scioscia said he would determine Pujols' availability as a pinch hitter after the star hit in the batting cage.