Hunter smacks 300th homer


Pine Bluff native and Detroit Tiger Torii Hunter hit his 300th career home run on Sunday in Minneapolis against the Minnesota Twins.

Minnesota, which drafted Hunter in the first round of the 1993 MLB Draft, was Hunter’s home from 1997-2007.

“It’s special,” Hunter said in an interview with MLB.com. “Just hitting my first home run in old Tigers Stadium against the Tigers with the Twins, to hit 300 against the Twins in the Tigers uniform at Target Field — it’s special. It’s kind of weird, but it’s special. I’m glad I got that monkey off my back.”

The first-inning home run off right-hander P.J. Walters was Hunter’s third of the season, and his first since May 26 against — who else — the Twins.

“He’s killing me,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “Not exactly happy when he does it against you, but I’m proud. He’s started in this organization and has had a heck of a career. Three hundred home runs is a lot and he still plays with the same enthusiasm as he had when he played here. So you always tip your cap to him, because he’s one of the classiest guys in the game.”

Hunter’s two-run shot, which also scored Austin Jackson, helped lead the Tigers to a 5-2 win. The win improved Detroit’s division-leading record to 38-29.

Through Sunday’s game, Hunter was hitting .292 with 18 doubles and 27 RBIs in 60 games this season.