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Hunter Impressed With Austin Jackson's Center Field Defense

Torii Hunter has been impressed with Detroit rookie Austin Jackson and the way he plays a defensive center field.

"The way he kept his glove, that's what I look for," said Hunter, an AL Gold Glove winner for nine years running. "Some guys bend their wrist when they catch the ball, and the glove will get caught in the grass and then flip up, not because you did it but it'll flip up because it's going forward. So when it hits something, it'll flip up, and the ball comes out.

"But him, he dove and he kept the glove up. That's instincts. That lets you know he has it all. I watch for little stuff like that. He has a lot of instincts, and I think he's well on his way. All he has to do is keep working hard, keep learning and keep asking questions. Whatever works for him, keep it in. Whatever doesn't work for him, throw it out the other ear. And I think he'll be fine."

Hunter already knew about Jackson, who grew up in Denton, Texas, near Hunter's offseason home. They talked about working out together this winter, but their schedules didn't match up. When Jackson was named the Tigers' Opening Day center fielder, Hunter started watching.

Via MLB.com

Ordonez Leaves Game With Abdominal Cramping

Magglio Ordonez left Friday night's game against the Los Angeles Angels because of abdominal cramping.

Ordonez reached base on an error and later scored in Detroit's eight-run fourth inning, but did not take the field for the fifth. Don Kelly entered the game in left field, with Brennan Boesch moving from left to right.

Via SI.com

Ordonez Gets 2,000th Hit Against Twins

Tigers outfielder Magglio Ordonez got the 2,000th hit of his career on Thursday afternoon against the Twins.

Ordonez reached the plateau with a single in the fourth inning, becoming just the sixth Venezuelan to hit the mark.

He joins Omar Vizquel, Luis Aparicio, Andres Galarraga, Dave Concepcion and Bobby Abreu and is just the 260th player in major history history to have 2,000 hits.


Cabrera, Halladay Named Players Of The Week

Miguel Cabrera and Roy Halladay were named the MLB players of the week for their respective leagues.

Via RealGM Staff Report

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