ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Exactly how poorly things are going for the Los Angeles Angels in this series with Boston crystallized in the third inning of Game 2 when Torii Hunter, outraged over being called out in a close play at first, leaped into the air ... and hurt his knee when he landed.
Hunter remained in the game, and a check by Angels doctors following Los Angeles' 7-5 loss revealed no ligament damage. But the left knee is sore and a little swollen, and Hunter is hoping the cross-country flight and impending activity don't make it swell more.
What happened was, with two out, runners on first and second and the Angels already trailing 4-1, Hunter grounded to shortstop and thought he barely beat Alex Cora's throw.
Umpire Kerwin Danley thumbed him out, however. Hunter, after crossing first base, whirled around, jumped, and. ...
"I was about to stomp, and I might have stomped too early," he said.
He crumpled to the ground in what immediately looked like a severe injury. After several minutes, he eventually made his way out to center field.
"We'll see what happens the next couple of days," Hunter said. "Regardless, I'm playing. The only way they're going to get me out of the lineup is to put me in a cage."
Likes: I really liked Tampa Bay pitcher Scott Kazmir drilling White Sox shortstop Orlando Cabrera in the first inning Friday. Kazmir and Tampa Bay are in uncharted territory here in the playoffs, but it made an immediate statement following Cabrera's screaming and kicking dirt in the direction of reliever Grant Balfour in Game 1. The statement was, Kazmir will protect his teammates, and Balfour obviously is respected by those same teammates.
Dislikes: Frank TV. I don't care if the playoff games are televised on TBS, ESPN, Fox or the Home Garden Network (though I sure would love it if CBS would get the contract). But I am so sick of this Frank guy and the oversaturated commercials that, even though he looks like he's got some spot-on impersonations, I'll never watch the show.
Rock 'N' Roll Lyric of the Day:
"The crops we grew last summer weren't enough to pay the loans
"Couldn't buy the seed to plant this spring and the farmers' bank foreclosed
"Called my old friend Schepman up to auction off the land
"He said, 'John, it's just my job, and I hope you understand'
"Hey calling it your job ol' hoss sure don't make it right
"If you want me to I'll say a prayer for your soul tonight"
-- John Mellencamp, Rain on the Scarecrow