Torii Hunter, still a Gold Glover?

August, 3, 2011
8/03/11
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When Torii Hunter shifted to right field late last season, it looked like his quest to get a 10th Gold Glove would fall one shy of the American League record for outfielders.

Typically, AL managers and coaches pick Ichiro Suzuki and two center fielders for the three outfield spots. But if they're paying attention this season, Hunter might be in line for No. 10. He's third behind teammate Peter Bourjos, the man who replaced him in center field, and the New York Yankees' Brett Gardner in defensive runs saved, with 14. He's tied with Jeff Francoeur for the league lead in assists by a right fielder with 11.

"No doubt he's played at a Gold Glove level," manager Mike Scioscia said. "A lot of what Torii's done is not going to show up in any stat -- not just the spectacular play, but controlling runners from going first-to-third. That's a huge part of team defense and I think it's totally connected to the fact we've given up the fewest runs in our league."

Here are lineups for Wednesday's second game of a three-game series against the Minnesota Twins:

Twins

1. Denard Span CF

2. Ben Revere LF

3. Joe Mauer C

4. Michael Cuddyer 1B

5. Jason Kubel RF

6. Danny Valencia 3B

7. Delmon Young DH

8. Tsuyoshi Nishioka SS

9. Matt Tolbert 2B

Angels

1. Maicer Izturis 2B

2. Erick Aybar SS

3. Torii Hunter RF

4. Bobby Abreu DH

5. Vernon Wells LF

6. Alberto Callaspo 3B

7. Mark Trumbo 1B

8. Peter Bourjos CF

9. Jeff Mathis

Mark Saxon

ESPNLosAngeles.com
Mark Saxon is a staff writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com. He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.

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