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November 24, 2007
I'll take the Angels' Torii over the Dodgers' Torre. Jim Doss Oak Park -- The Angels get Torii Hunter for $90 million for five years. No young Angels players are involved. Oh, the Dodgers signed Joe Torre to a lucrative contract and got the big spin like they were doing something. But what he is being paid is chump change in comparison to getting a high-caliber player.
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October 22, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
BOSTON - When the World Series opens Wednesday, the Fox cameras figure to focus on outfielder Carlos Beltran. His is the most emotional of all the story lines involving the St. Louis Cardinals, as he makes the first World Series appearance of his 16-year career. Beltran said Tuesday that he sympathized with Torii Hunter, the Detroit Tigers outfielder denied what would have been his first World Series in a 17-year career. Hunter, 38, has lost in each of his three trips to the American League championship series - with the Tigers this year, with the Angels in 2009 and with the Minnesota Twins in 2002.
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July 9, 2009 | Mike DiGiovanna
Torii Hunter and Vladimir Guerrero played the outfield together Tuesday night. They were together again Wednesday undergoing MRI tests at the Orange Imaging Center, not exactly the place the Angels want their Nos. 3 and 4 hitters to be hanging out. Guerrero's visit was expected. The right fielder was pulled from Tuesday night's game in the eighth inning because of a muscle strain in the back of his left knee.
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August 31, 2013
"I was so excited I nearly passed out running the bases. " - Detroit Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter on his walkoff home run Thursday, capping a four-run ninth inning against the Oakland Athletics. "It was not a huge problem in everyday life. But when you are trying to make a living by hitting a baseball, it can create a problem. " - Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla , activated from the disabled list Wednesday after laser surgery improved his vision from 20/30 to 20/15.
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April 28, 2009 | Kevin Baxter
Hypothetical question: Would it be easier to sneak past Torii Hunter with a hanging curveball or without saying hello? The answer, of course, is neither. At the plate, the Angels outfielder has often made a habit of punishing just about any pitch that comes within reach. And in the clubhouse, where Hunter's outsized personality stands out on a team about as colorful as a snowdrift, no one gets by without his asking, "Hey, how ya doing?"
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June 22, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
A 20-minute conversation Friday with astronaut Joe Acaba, who is currently en route to the International Space Station with two Russian astronauts, had Torii Hunter thinking back to those times as a child when his mother, Shirley, thought he was talking gibberish. “When my mom didn't understand me, she would always tell me, 'Stop talking like the man on the moon,' ” the Angels right fielder said. “So mom, I want to tell you that I actually talked to a man in space today, and if you think I need to see a psychiatrist, it's not true.
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November 14, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
You can now officially refer to Angels outfielder Torii Hunter as former Angels outfielder Torii Hunter. A person with knowledge of the negotiations says free agent outfielder Hunter has agreed to a two-year deal with the Detroit Tigers. The person, who spoke Wednesday on condition of anonymity because no announcement has been made, says the deal is pending a physical. So, it looks like the Angels outfield next season will consist of Mark Trumbo, Mike Trout and Peter Bourjos, unless Vernon Wells suddenly becomes a good player again.
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November 10, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez and Mike DiGiovanna
The Dodgers' widely reported interest in Torii Hunter appears to have been overstated. The team met with Hunter's agent at the general managers' meetings at Indian Wells this week. But it was Hunter's agent who initially reached out to the Dodgers, not the other way around, according to a person familiar with the talks who spoke on the condition of anonymity. The Dodgers aren't shopping Andre Ethier, meaning that if Hunter were to sign with them, he would be doing so to be a fourth outfielder since the team also has starting outfielder in Carl Crawford.
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August 15, 2012 | By Baxter Holmes
Umpire Greg Gibson was knocked out of the Angels' 8-4 win against Cleveland on Wednesday night after suffering a violent home-plate collision with Torii Hunter. Hunter was sliding into home in the fifth inning and his left cleat caught Gibson near the left eye. Gibson had to leave the game. He received stitches and later visited a local hospital for precautionary X-rays.  After the game, Hunter said he knew that his foot hit Gibson as he slid into home, but he didn't realize until afterward that it hit him in the face.
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August 15, 2012 | By Austin Knoblauch
Who says baseball isn't a contact sport? Well, umpire Greg Gibson certainly wouldn't think so after being knocked upside the head by Torii Hunter's spikes during a play at home plate in Wednesday night's game against the Cleveland Indians. Gibson, who was working behind home plate, had to leave the game after being knocked in the head by Hunter's foot as the veteran outfielder tried to score from first base on a double by Kendrys Morales in the fifth inning. Hunter, who was tagged out by Cleveland catcher Carlos Santana on the play, dove head first and reached a hand out to touch the plate, which he missed.
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August 30, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Your browser does not support iframes.   Think the Angels would like to have this guy back? Torii Hunter lifted the Detroit Tigers to victory Thursday against Oakland by hitting a walk-off three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth against A's closer Grant Balfour to give the Tigers a 6-4 win. "I lost my vision rounding the bases because I was so pumped up -- I almost passed out," Hunter said. "All my air was out of me because I was screaming so loud. " The Angels let Hunter go in the off-season, preferring to sign Josh Hamilton instead.
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August 10, 2013 | By Tim Hubbard
Baseball might be a young man's game, but staff writer Tim Hubbard looks at three players, each 37 or older, who can still swing with the kids. David Ortiz DH | Boston Big Papi had reached the 100-RBI plateau only once in the last six seasons, and knocked in only 60 in an injury-plagued 2012. But the 37-year-old has been healthy in 2013, and he has returned to being a beast in the middle of the Red Sox lineup, hitting .330 with 22 home runs and 74 RBIs. He still carries quite the fear factor too, as his MLB-leading 16 intentional walks attest.
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June 27, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
DETROIT - Angels right-hander Michael Kohn entered Thursday's game in the eighth inning with two on, one out, the score tied and Torii Hunter and Miguel Cabrera due up, a situation few relievers would relish. "Torii is as clutch as they come, and Cabrera is the best hitter in the league," Manager Mike Scioscia said. "You have to make pitches without much margin for error. " Kohn did, striking out Hunter with a 95-mph fastball and Cabrera with a 94-mph fastball, and the Angels won, 3-1, in 10 innings.
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June 25, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
DETROIT - The Angels entered Tuesday night's game against the Detroit Tigers in Comerica Park with a 33-43 record and an 11-game deficit in the American League West, figures that baffle Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter, the former Angels star who signed a two-year, $26-million deal with Detroit last November. Many expected the Angels, with a lineup featuring Mike Trout, Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton, Mark Trumbo and Howie Kendrick and what appeared to be an improved bullpen, would contend for a championship.
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June 25, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
DETROIT - Torii Hunter is baffled as to how the Angels, picked by many to contend for a championship, can be nine games under .500 and 10 games out in the American League West in the last week of June. "Nobody in this world predicted that," said Hunter, the Detroit Tigers right fielder and former Angels star. "I have no explanation. " But don't count the Angels out, Hunter said. If Toronto can reel off 11 consecutive victories to get back into the AL East race, so can the Angels.
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April 19, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Torii Hunter's first at-bat in Angel Stadium on Friday night was delayed by a standing ovation, which the Detroit Tigers right fielder acknowledged by waving his helmet. When Hunter took his position in the first inning, fans in the right-field bleachers rose in unison, one row of spectators holding up a large “THANK U TORII” sign. For Hunter, who hit .286 with 105 homers and 432 runs batted in during a five-year stint with the Angels in which he was also the heart and soul of the club, it wasn't just about appreciation.
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March 8, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Torii Hunter is 36 and entering the final year of a five-year, $90-million contract, and with cheaper, younger and talented players (Mike Trout, Mark Trumbo) capable of pushing their way into the Angels outfield next season, there is a chance the team's right fielder and most popular player won't be back in 2013. But that clearly is not a subject Mike Scioscia wants to discuss right now. In fact, the Angels manager got a little testy Thursday morning with a reporter who prefaced a question about Hunter by saying this could be the manager's last spring with the nine-time Gold Glove Award winner.
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May 23, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
OAKLAND - Right fielder Torii Hunter, on the restricted list since May 14 while he deals with the arrest of his 17-year-old son, Darius McClinton-Hunter, on a sexual assault charge in Texas, will likely rejoin the Angels at the beginning of next week's homestand, Manager Mike Scioscia said Wednesday. Scioscia said Hunter, who has now missed 10 games, has been throwing, running and hitting but will probably need to work out for a day or two in Anaheim before returning to the lineup.
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April 13, 2013 | T.J. Simers
Whatever Mike Scioscia is being paid to manage the Angels, it isn't enough. He has to watch them play every game. And as bad and disappointing as they have been, going on four years now, it's baseball. Have you tried watching it recently? Have you tried switching back and forth from a basketball game, football game or "Spartacus: War of the Damned" to a baseball game? I understand why Vin Scully doesn't watch the Dodgers or any other baseball game when not being paid to do so. At the very least the folks who run the sport should make it mandatory that any hitter stepping out of the box to adjust his batting gloves should be suspended a minimum of five games.
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February 27, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
A Texas grand jury voted not to indict the 17-year-old son of former Angels outfielder Torii Hunter on felony sexual assault charges, and the case was dismissed Wednesday, according to John Schomburger, a Collin County assistant district attorney. “This was the ultimate test for my family for the last nine months,” said Hunter in a text message. “My son is a stronger person by going through this process. We're looking forward to restoring his good name.” Hunter signed a two-year, $26-million deal with the Detroit Tigers in November.
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