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Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Torii Hunter in starting lineup

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Detroit Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter started Tuesday's Game 4 of the American League Division Series against the Oakland Athletics despite a sore shoulder.

Torii Hunter
Torii Hunter jammed his left shoulder while diving for a ball in right field Monday.

He played right field and batted second.

The five-time All-Star jammed his shoulder while diving for the ball during Game 3 on Monday.

X-rays were negative, and Hunter said then he thought it was "more a bruise."

But he vowed to play Tuesday, when the Tigers will attempt to avoid elimination and force Game 5 in Oakland.

"Just sore," Hunter told reporters after Monday's game, a 6-3 win for the A's. "I'm going to play, no matter what. It's a long way from the heart, it's not broke. I'm good. Give me some Advil, I'll be all right."

Hunter suffered the injury while making a diving attempt in right field to catch Coco Crisp's leadoff double.

His shoulder heavily wrapped after the game, Hunter said he did not feel a pop but that he had "jarred" his shoulder.

"I think it's more a bruise," Hunter said, according to MLB.com. "We got X-rays, and nothing's torn or anything like that."

Hunter, 38, is 2-for-10 over the first three games of the ALDS. He hit .304 with 17 home runs and 84 RBIs this season, his first with the Tigers.