Albert Pujols joined the Los Angeles Angels for workouts and spoke to the media. That included talking about meeting Darvish in Los Angeles as the pitcher made his way from Japan toward spring training. It was not a planned meeting.
"He walked in and introduced himself -- really nice guy, really humble," Pujols said to reporters in Tempa, Ariz. (thanks to Mark Saxon at ESPNLosAngeles.com for sending the quotes). "He just said he's looking forward to the battle. We're going to be in the same division and it's going to be fun."
Pitchers and catchers don't have to report to Surprise until Wednesday, but it's unclear if Darvish will arrive before that date. But he's already met one of the top hitters he'll need to get out.