Minnesota Twins center fielder Torii Hunter began the day with a 12-game hitting streak, tied for the big league lead with 13 doubles. He was batting .315 and tied for the club lead with four home runs and 16 RBIs.
Leading off the bottom of the second inning against Kansas City this afternoon, Hunter was hit in the face by a Zack Greinke pitch and was taken to a hospital for (3) stitches.
Hunter took the 2-2 fastball directly to the mouth. A bit stunned, the All-Star gold-glover took a couple of steps toward Greinke before dropping to the turf near home plate. Manager Ron Gardenhire along with the Twins medical staff ran onto the field.
A towel was needed to clean up the blood, as Greinke and Royals infielders came over to check on him. A few minutes later, Hunter walked off the field on his own power and received a standing ovation.
Twins reliever Matt Guerrier claimed he didn't hit Reggie Sanders (in the seventh) on purpose, but then criticized the veteran for not taking his base immediately, suggesting he should have seen the beaning coming.
"If we don't do anything about it, people are going to question that," Guerrier said.Great, now they're lobbying for a Kansas City/Minnesota rivalry? I don't think I can handle that.