by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/13/2013) Tigers manager Jim Leyland said right fielder Torii Hunter will not be used in center field with Austin Jackson (hamstring) on the disabled list, according to the Detroit Free Press. Hunter, who has played 1,523 games in center field, was a Gold Glove center fielder from 2001-09.
Hunter, who has been heavily used in right field since 2010, is batting .256 (11 for 43) with two doubles and six RBI in nine May games. He hit .370 in 23 April games.
Torii Hunter raises average with four hits
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (5/4/2013) Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter went 4 for 5 with two RBI and three runs scored Saturday against the Astros. Hunter also walked once and stole a base in the 17-2 win.
The 37-year-old singled in his first two at-bats then had an RBI hit in the seventh inning. He added an RBI double in the eighth to improve his average to .361.
Hunter has hit safely in eight of nine games and is batting .350 (14 for 40) with seven RBI and eight runs scored during that stretch.
Torii Hunter expected to rest Monday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/29/2013) Tigers manager Jim Leyland said Sunday he planned to give outfielder Torii Hunter the day off Monday against the Twins, per MLB.com. Hunter has started 21 games and appeared in 22 of the Tigers' 23 games.
Hunter is batting .375, which included 13 multi-hit games. He also has a .417 on-base percentage, .500 slugging percentage and .917 OPS.
Tigers to monitor hot Torii Hunter
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/27/2013) Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter hit safely for the 18th time in 21 games on Saturday against the Braves. He went 1 for 4 in a 7-4 win.
Before the contest, manager Jim Leyland told MLB.com that he will watch the workload of the 37-year-old early in the year.
Hunter is batting .380 with one homer and 11 RBI.
"I have to watch him," Leyland said, "but he's really doing well. And we did have back-to-back days off [with the rainout Tuesday], so that helps. But I have to watch him. It's not easy in the cold weather for anybody, let alone one of our elder statesmen. I have to watch him and not get greedy."
Torii Hunter has 12th multi-hit game
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/25/2013) Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter produced his 12th multi-hit game of the season Thursday against the Royals. Hunter's 2-for-4 performance also ended a 1-for-12 drought for the veteran outfielder.
Hunter is batting .373 (31 for 83) through 19 games. He also added his 10th RBI Thursday.
Torii Hunter pulling a fast one
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (4/20/2013) Nobody can deny that Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter is red-hot at the plate to open the season. His .400 batting average through 16 games, with a major-league leading 28 hits, speaks entirely for itself.
Unfortunately, Hunter is all batting average right now, and his formula for success is not likely one that can be sustained. Hunter has nine extra-base hits, but only one has left the park. He has a .458 batting average on balls in play, a completely unrealistic number for any player to sustain, let alone a 37-year-old without much in the way of speed left.
Everything Hunter is doing is tied to his batting average, and when the charitable luck on batted balls turns around, you're not left with much. Hunter's secondary skills are fading, as he is drawing a walk in a career-low 4.1 percent of his plate appearances and has just one home run. Our own Scott White says to approach Hunter with caution in Week 4 (April 22-28), as the bottom could fall out of his empty average fueled run at any point. Enjoy this while it lasts, but don't expect the career .278 hitter to keep finding so many gaps in the defense.
Torii Hunter gets a rest Thursday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (4/18/2013) Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter is not in the lineup Thursday.
Hunter is off to a hot start, hitting .413/.439/.587 in 66 plate appearances. After last night's 14-inning game with the Mariners, the 37-year-old will be given the day off.
Torii Hunter not slowing down
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/14/2013) Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter continued to swing a hot bat in Sunday's series finale against the A's as he extended his hitting streak to nine games. He went 3 for 5 with an RBI and two runs scored in the 10-1 win.
Hunter doubled home a run in his first at-bat before doubling again in the fourth inning. He also led off the sixth with a triple.
The 37-year-old is batting .450 (18 for 40) during his streak with a homer and seven RBI.
Torii Hunter continues strong start
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (4/11/2013) Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter continued his strong start Thursday.
Hunter went 2 for 4 with three RBI and scored twice. Hunter has been excellent in his first nine games, hitting .405.
Torii Hunter collects 2,000th career hit
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/9/2013) Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter had three hits Tuesday against the Blue Jays, including the 2,000th of his career, a single in the top of the sixth off Esmil Rogers.
Hunter, who had his third double Tuesday, is batting .424 (14 for 33) with two RBI and four runs in seven games.
Torii Hunter with another multi-hit game
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (4/6/2013) Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter enjoyed a big performance at the plate in Saturday's contest against the Yankees.
Hunter singled in the third, doubled in a run in the fifth and singled again in the sixth. He finished 3 for 5 with two runs scored and an RBI in an 8-4 victory. Hunter is batting .391/.391/.478 this season.
Torii Hunter to brave cold outdoors in Minnesota
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (3/31/2013) Detroit outfielder Torii Hunter will be in the opening day lineup in Minnesota Monday as he returns to a place where he spent 11 years of his career.
Hunter, who used to have his opening days in Minnesota's indoor stadium, but must now brave the cold at Target Field, will likely bat second for the Tigers against the Twins after hitting .319 this spring over 72 at-bats with two homers and six RBI.
The veteran right fielder hit .313 last year with 16 homers and 92 RBI for the Angels. He should produce plenty of offense in the No. 2 hole for the Tigers and provides an upgrade defensively in right. He also is a team leader.
Hunter likes spot in lineup
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (1/29/2013) After hitting .343 in the two-hole for the Angels last season, outfielder Torii Hunter is relishing the opportunity to bat second for the Tigers this year, in front of reigning Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera. "I had a chance to hit in front of one of the best right-handed hitters in baseball in the last 10 years [in Pujols]," Hunter told MLive.com Tuesday. "Now I'm coming and hitting in front of the best hitter of today." In fact, Hunter said he watched video of Cabrera to help him break out of a slump last year. "I've always been impressed with him at the plate, the way he swings," Hunter said. "Don't tell him that, he might get kind of pumped up."