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Anaheim Angels

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Angels report: Inside pitch

The Sports Xchange
 
Inside pitch · Notes, quotes · Roster
 

Torii Hunter gave the Angels another scare Monday, crashing into the wall at AT&T Park while trying to run down a flyball double by Bengie Molina.

Hunter lay on the warning track for a while before leaving the game. It was just three weeks ago that the same scenario played out at Dodger Stadium.

That collision left Hunter nursing a groin injury. Monday's wall-crashing left Hunter with bruised ribs.

"I keep challenging the wall and the wall is 16-0. We've got a rivalry going, but I'm 0-16," Hunter joked Tuesday. "The wall didn't give. This was like a body blow from Mike Tyson in his prime. That wall is stout."

Hunter said he woke up Tuesday feeling better than he expected and then joked about trying to talk his way back into the lineup for Wednesday afternoon's series finale in San Francisco. But manager Mike Scioscia is not likely to have any of that. With the Angels off Thursday, Hunter will likely get three days to recover and be back in the lineup for Friday's renewal of the SoCal freeway series with the Dodgers, this time at Angel Stadium.

"He probably could (play Wednesday), but we're going to make sure he's 100 percent," Scioscia said. "We're definitely leaning toward holding him out until Friday."

Hunter has clearly been the Angels' most valuable player through the first half of the season. He leads the team in home runs (16), RBI (51) and slugging percentage (.616) with a batting average of .319 and his usual Gold Glove defense in center field.

ANGELS 8, GIANTS 1: The Angels continued to stomp all over the NL West for their season-high fifth consecutive game. They reached double digits in hits for the fourth time in those five games, including four-hit games from Mike Napoli and Maicer Izturis. The latest offensive outburst made things easy for rookie Sean O'Sullivan, who went seven innings, allowing just one run and five hits in his big-league debut. O'Sullivan even had his first major league hit, an infield single in his second at-bat.

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