It isn't often that Albert Pujols takes a day off, but he was out of the starting lineup Wednesday night for only the third time this season.



Pujols called it a scheduled day off , but manager Mike Scioscia said the first baseman approached coach Alfredo Griffin about taking a one-game rest following Tuesday night's game against the Cleveland Indians.

"Last night he was a little tired after the game," Scioscia said. "We're just trying to give his legs a re-charge day, and hopefully he'll be ready to go tomorrow. That's what we anticipate."



Pujols, 32, is known to rarely takes days off and in fact sounded perturbed when he was asked about it before Wednesday night's game.