The Majors' all-time leader in Interleague batting average (.349), Pujols led St. Louis' sweep in Kansas City with 10 RBIs in the three games. The slam was Pujols' third of the season and ninth of his career, both tying franchise records, the latter held by Hall of Famer Stan Musial. In Interleague Play this year, he's hitting .400 with a .563 on-base percentage, a 1.057 slugging percentage, seven home runs and 15 RBIs in 12 games.
"The same game plan that I have in the National League, I take the same plan [in Interleague Play]," Pujols said. "I try to execute out there, try to get my at-bats and make my adjustments, and hopefully it works. If it doesn't work, then try to figure out something that can work."
Pujols entered Monday leading the Major Leagues in several categories, including home runs (26) and RBIs (68), and he is also the NL's leading vote-getter for the July 14 All-Star Game in his home ballpark of Busch Stadium. According to the updated results announced earlier Monday, Pujols has garnered 2,934,794 votes.
Fellow Cardinal Khalil Greene, whose homers in three straight games highlighted his return from a stay on the disabled list for social anxiety, also received consideration for weekly honors.
Other candidates were Arizona's Justin Upton (.458), brother of the AL Player of the Week recipient, Tampa Bay's B.J. Upton; Atlanta's Nate McLouth (.308, two homers, seven RBIs); Cubs closer Kevin Gregg (2-0, one save, 0.00 ERA); Cincinnati's Brandon Phillips (.350); Colorado's Clint Barmes (.304, two home runs, seven RBIs); Florida's Josh Johnson (1-0, 1.29 ERA); Houston's Jose Valverde (three saves, 0.00 ERA); Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 13 strikeouts); Milwaukee's Prince Fielder (.391, two home runs, 11 RBIs); Mets catcher Brian Schneider (.357, two homers, eight RBIs); Philadelphia's Shane Victorino (.526); Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen (.345, three triples); San Francisco's Pablo Sandoval (.455); and Washington's Nick Johnson (.381).