Royals aim to keep Pujols from dictating fate

Royals aim to keep Pujols from dictating fate

ANAHEIM -- Sparky Anderson, when he was managing the Detroit Tigers, frequently said: "I ain't gonna let George Brett beat me." By that he meant, in a clutch situation, he'd hold up four fingers and instruct his pitcher to walk the Royals' hitting star.

Royals manager Ned Yost plans to approach Angels slugger Albert Pujols in much the same way this season.

"Yeah, absolutely. We'll take our chances with Torii Hunter, who's behind him today," Yost said before Friday night's opener. "We'll try not to let him beat us. You get in certain situations where there's no way around it, you've got to go mano-a-mano. But we're not going to walk the dadgummed guy with nobody on. We'll let the game dictate what we're going to do. We're going to try not to let him beat us."