WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Two days after rejoining the Cardinals for his second stint with the club, Albert Pujols found himself in the starting lineup against the Nationals on Wednesday afternoon.
It felt like old times when the lineup card came out. Pujols was hitting fourth as the designated hitter and he went 1-for-3.
A lot of Cardinals fans traveled to The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches to catch the living legend in action. In Pujols’ first at-bat against Nationals right-hander Aníbal Sánchez, the bases were loaded when Pujols grounded into a double play, though Dylan Carlson scored on the play to give St. Louis a 1-0 lead. An inning later, Pujols popped up to third baseman Maikel Franco with two runners on base.
It was two innings later, with right-hander Austin Voth on the mound, when Pujols notched his first hit of the spring, singling to right field before being replaced by pinch-runner Mack Chambers.
Pujols was given a standing ovation — one of many — as he headed toward…