Hunter Homers as Angels Top Twins 5-4

Former Minnesota star hurts old team
By Chip Bayers,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 3, 2008 6:27 PM CDT
Los Angeles Angels batter Gary Matthews Jr. follows through on a two-run home run in the third inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins, in Minneapolis Thursday, April 3, 2008.   (AP Photo/Andy King)
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(Newser) – Torii Hunter gave Twins fans something to remember him by. In the final game of an emotional return to the Metrodome, Hunter homered leading off the seventh inning to back a strong start from Ervin Santana and help the Los Angeles Angels beat Minnesota 5-4 on Thursday. Prior to his drive, Hunter had gone just 2-for-14 to start the season.

Hunter admitted to being gassed from the ceremonies and warm welcomes he received from Twins fans who watched him star in center field for the previous nine years. On get-away day, he had just enough left in him to muscle a fastball from Brian Bass into the seats in left-center field, and the small crowd at the Dome gave one last standing ovation to the fan favorite who signed a $90 million, five-year deal with the Angels in the offseason.