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Sore Torii says he's good to go

DETROIT -- Outfielder Torii Hunter was sore all over on Monday, one day after taking a frightful tumble into the Boston bullpen trying to make a leaping catch of David Ortiz's grand slam in the eighth inning of the Tigers' 6-5 loss in Game 2.

But Hunter will be ready to go on Tuesday for Game 3 at Comerica Park on FOX at 4 p.m. ET, manning right field and batting second against Red Sox starter John Lackey.

"I'm a little stiff," Hunter said after reporting for Monday's optional workout. "I feel like I played in a football game. I woke up a little sore and felt like Fred Sanford, but I'm all right."

Hunter just missed catching Ortiz's drive as he leaped against and over the wall, and bloodied the back of his head after landing on it.

"It looked pretty nasty," he said. "I was trying to do whatever it takes to keep the ball from going out of the ballpark. I lost my breath. They told me I landed on my head and I was a little groggy, but I really didn't feel it until today."

Monday's off-day gave Hunter some extra time to recover. Asked if he would have been able to play on Monday had there been a game, he replied with the age-old rhetorical question about what a bear does in the woods.

"Well, maybe not a polar bear," he said.

Jason Beck, T.R. Sullivan and Alden Gonzalez are reporters for Bobby Nightengale is an associate reporter for
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