Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Torii Hunter, still a Gold Glover?
By Mark Saxon
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: