The Albert Pujols homerless show -- oh, and his Los Angeles Angels too -- hits the road for a pair of three-game series at ballparks with factors at polar extremes, Minnesota's Target Field and Texas' Rangers Ballpark. He has played precisely one series at each site in his career and has never homered in either. And although Target Field is a difficult ballpark in which to hit one out, Rangers Ballpark at least offers him some hope of breaking out of his funk. If he's still homerless by the start of that weekend series, expect Angels at Texas Rangers to be under the microscope. Heck, it might be anyway.
The New York Yankees play their first homestand since losing closer Mariano Rivera to a knee injury; they begin the week with a challenging series against the division rival Tampa Bay Rays, who also lost a key piece when Evan Longoria landed on the disabled list. That series could be telling, especially for the Yankees and how they respond in front of their home fans to the loss of a Hall of Famer.