"I have to watch him," Leyland said, "but he's really doing well. And we did have back-to-back days off [with the rainout Tuesday], so that helps. But I have to watch him. It's not easy in the cold weather for anybody, let alone one of our elder statesmen. I have to watch him and not get greedy."
Thus, Leyland expects to give Hunter a day off early next week, either Monday or Tuesday night against the Twins. Lefty Scott Diamond is Minnesota's scheduled starter Wednesday afternoon, so Hunter won't sit then.
Hunter's three-hit performance Friday was his 13th multi-hit effort in Detroit's first 21 games, the most for any Tigers player to begin his Detroit stint since at least 1916.
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