Former Cougar Adrian Gonzalez starts season on a tear

Los Angeles Dodgers 1B Adrian Gonzalez has started the 2015 season on a tear, blasting five home runs in his first three games. That includes solo home runs in three consecutive at-bats Wednesday.

He is the first player in MLB history to homer five times in his team’s first three games of a season.

Gonzalez showed power back when he played for the 2001 Kane County Cougars, too. He hit 17 roundtrippers and drove in 103 runs in 127 games. One of his Cougars teammates was shortstop Miguel Cabrera, who hit seven homers and drove in 66 runs in 110 games.

Pujols ties trio on HR list

Los Angeles Angels 1B Albert Pujols continues to climb the career homers list. He hit his first home run of the season Wednesday — an upper-deck shot off Mariners SP Hisashi Iwakuma — putting him in a four-way tie with three Hall-of-Famers for 18th on the all-time list.

Pujols’ 521 home runs matches the output of Ted Williams, Willie McCovey and Frank Thomas.

Pujols was the starting third baseman for the 2000 Peoria Chiefs. He batted .324 with 17 HR and 84 RBI in 109 games. He was named the Midwest League MVP and was co-winner of the MWL Prospect of the Year award.

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