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Pujols Returns With Two Singles
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- Albert Pujols, who returned to action after taking a week to rest a sore back, hit two hard singles in the St. Louis Cardinals' 8-5 victory against the Houston Astros on Saturday.

Pujols said his back did not bother him when he swung and it did not get tight.

After playing in two games and going hitless in five at bats, Pujols awoke last Sunday with a sore back that he said felt like a spasm. He has been undergoing treatment, including chiropractic adjustments.

Julio Lugo drove in three runs with a double and a home run for the Cardinals.

Astros starter Felipe Paulino pitched two scoreless innings.

Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter allowed two runs on four hits over three innings.

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