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Hunter pulls out old trick for former teammate

Hunter pulls out old trick for former teammate


DETROIT -- Torii Hunter played with Mike Napoli for three seasons with the Angels, and Hunter says Napoli should have known better.

In the fifth inning Friday, Napoli was on first base when Boston's Daniel Nava hit a routine fly ball to Hunter in right field. Hunter put his hands up, as if he didn't know where the ball was, before making the catch, and firing to first to double off Napoli.

"I was just kind of dekeing him a little bit, and when I caught the ball, I looked up and saw he was still off the bag," Hunter said. "And I just gave it my best effort on the throw and got him out. So he fell for the banana in the tailpipe."

Manager Jim Leyland says that's not the only time Hunter has been known to fool people.

"He does that a lot," Leyland said. "He's pretty good. He's run up like he's going to catch a couple this year, and I don't know, they landed about 40 rows up, so he might have just been teasing somebody."

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

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