Hunter showcases HR-robbing skills for Tigers

Hunter showcases HR-robbing skills for Tigers

LAKELAND, Fla. -- The Tigers have watched Torii Hunter take away home runs for years. Saturday was their first chance to see him do it for them rather than against them, and his first homer robbery in a Detroit uniform was a memorable one.

Hunter had a chance to time a jump when Yankees infielder Kevin Youkilis lofted a ball heading into the wind to right field during the third inning. He not only timed it well, he was able to scale the right-field fence to get his glove over the top and make the grab.

"I thought the way the conditions were today that it was going to blow out," manager Jim Leyland said. "Under normal conditions, it would not have been that close. Today, the ball was flying out.

"I've seen that before. I saw him rob one of my former players in the All-Star Game. He took one away from [Barry] Bonds."

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.