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Reaching 1,000 RBI has Hunter feeling his age

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When he came up in the ninth inning with the Angels trailing by a run and a man on first base, Torii Hunter wasn't looking for a milestone.

He got one anyway, along with a two-run home run that capped an Angels comeback in a 10-8 victory over the Kansas City Royals.

The home run was Hunter's second of the game (and his third hit) and gave him four RBI. That ran his total to 1,000 RBI for his major league career.

"I had no freakin' idea," the 35-year-old Hunter said. "When (an Angels PR staffer) told me, 'You got 1,000 RBI,' I was, 'What? Damn, I'm old.' That was the first thing I thought.

"That's impressive. That's why I kept the ball. I'm going to show my grandkids. You have to have proof."

The Royals certainly did their part to get Hunter to the milestone. His two home runs and four RBI on Monday ran his totals against Kansas City to 30 home runs and 101 RBI, the most he has against any opposing team.

"I'm definitely thrilled I could get 1,000 RBI," Hunter said. "When I was in the minor leagues, I was just thinking, 'Let me get there (the majors) and get one hit.'

"To be able to stick around and do what I needed to do to get to 1,000 RBI? I'm honored."

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