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Angels' Torii Hunter gets a scare at home

Police show up at his Newport Beach home with guns drawn after an alarm is activated accidentally.

April 04, 2012|By Lance Pugmire
  • Angels right fielder Torii Hunter received quite a scare at home after Tuesday's exhibition game against the Dodgers.
Angels right fielder Torii Hunter received quite a scare at home after Tuesday's… (Jeff Lewis / Associated…)

Angels right fielder Torii Hunter returned to his Newport Beach home from morning workouts at Dodger Stadium, and settled in for a movie on the couch when he heard someone fiddling with his front door.

"I grabbed a knife and was about to start Bruce Lee-ing on whoever was there," Hunter said.

Good thing Hunter didn't take the steak knife outside, where police were waiting with guns drawn after the outfielder's home alarm had been activated accidentally by a door that was opened in the house.

"They said, 'Put your hands up!' " Hunter said. "I'm like, 'Man, this is my home!' They asked me questions about who I was. They asked me to go upstairs and get my I.D. The guns were out. I was a prisoner in my own home."

Hunter said that after he handed over the identification and confirmed his middle name, "Kedar," he told the officers he was an Angels player.

"They said they go to a lot of games, and I'm looking at them like, 'Come on, man,' " Hunter said. "It was funny, but not too funny, kind of scary. If I went outside with that knife, I might've died.

"But they did what they were supposed to, protected my home and did everything right. It was just an … awkward moment."

Amarista gets final roster spot

The Angels finalized their opening-day roster Wednesday, giving what effectively was their final spot to versatile infielder Alexi Amarista, who impressed this spring with his speed, power and utility skills.

"It comes down to roster configuration. The things that Alexi can do turned out to be the things we needed," Manager Mike Scioscia said.

The Angels demoted corner infielder Jorge Cantu and outfielder Ryan Langerhans to triple-A Salt Lake after beating the Dodgers, 8-3, in the Freeway Series finale.

Amarista, who turns 23 Friday, batted .333 in 57 spring at-bats with two home runs, 13 runs batted in and six stolen bases.

Cantu, who homered Wednesday after being informed of his demotion, said he plans to report to Salt Lake. Cantu can opt out May 1 if the Angels haven't brought him back to the majors.

"I came in here and did my job," Cantu said. "I leave with my head held high. Sometimes, there's just no room."

The Angels put four players on the disabled list, including starting pitcher Jerome Williams (left hamstring strain), who's scheduled to make rehabilitation starts for Class-A Inland Empire on Thursday and Wednesday in advance of an expected April 15 start at New York.

Pitchers Bobby Cassevah (right shoulder inflammation) and Michael Kohn (right forearm strain) and outfielder Jeremy Moore (hip surgery) also were put on the disabled list.

Scioscia said he expects to keep 12 pitchers on the team when Williams returns.

Rotation is set

Scioscia awarded Jered Weaver his third consecutive opening-day start when the team plays the Kansas City Royals on Friday at Angel Stadium.

The 29-year-old Weaver (18-8, 2.41 earned-run average last season) is scheduled to face veteran left-hander Bruce Chen (12-8, 3.77) in the 7 p.m. game.

The Angels will send Dan Haren to the mound Saturday afternoon against Luke Hochevar and Ervin Santana on Sunday against left-hander Jonathan Sanchez.

Angels free-agent pickup C.J. Wilson, who lowered his spring ERA to 1.11 with four scoreless innings Wednesday, will start the opener of a road series in Minnesota on Monday.

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