Saturday, April 21, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Tigers' Hunter plans to play after tumble over fence

Torii Hunter was still shaken up but in good spirits Monday, a day after he fell into the Boston bullpen in a futile effort to catch David Ortiz's tying grand slam.

The Tigers rightfielder said he'll be ready to play today in Game 3 of the AL Championship Series, but the day off between games was welcome.

"I feel like I played a football game," Hunter said. "I'm just going to go ahead and get a massage, get some treatment, try to get in the hot tub, loosen up a little bit. I'll be fine."

Hunter raced toward the fence on Ortiz's line drive and overran the ball slightly before trying to jump back and catch it. His momentum took him over the short wall, but he was able to stay in the game.

"I hit the top of the wall when I came over; it hit me in the ribs and I lost my breath," he said. "They told me I fell on my head and stuff like that, and I was just kind of out of it for a minute, a little groggy."

Hunter said he lost the ball in the lights slightly.

"I was going to give it every attempt to go out there and try to catch that ball," he said. "If it takes for me to get knocked out or die on the field, I guess I've got to do it."

NOT TOO FUNNY: Hunter is not a fan of veteran Boston police officer Steve Horgan, who cheered Ortiz's homer as Hunter tumbled over the fence even as several Red Sox pitchers came to his aid. "You could hear Ryan Dempster and a couple other guys just kind of saying, 'Dude, that's a great effort, are you all right?' " Hunter said. "They put that (being rival players) aside trying to take care of human life. Unlike the cop. Terrible. He didn't help me at all."

MATTINGLY'S CHOICE: RHP Ricky Nolasco is scheduled to start today's Game 4 of the NLCS for the Dodgers, but manager Don Mattingly didn't commit to it, telling the Los Angeles Times that that's the plan "right now." Mattingly could opt to start RHP Zack Greinke on short rest.

FREESE HURT: Cardinals 3B David Freese left Game 3 of the NLCS in the fifth inning night with tightness in his right calf. He's day to day.

UMP DIES: Veteran umpire Wally Bell died of an apparent heart attack in Youngstown, Ohio. He was 48. Mr. Bell joined the big-league staff in 1993 and had worked this year's NLDS between the Pirates and Cardinals.

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