Bourjos, Hunter put heads together

Bourjos, Hunter put heads together

MINNEAPOLIS -- Angels center fielder Peter Bourjos has immense respect for Torii Hunter, who moved to right last year to make room for the young speed burner. Bourjos knows the center fielder is supposed to be in charge in the outfield, but that's a nine-time Rawlings Gold Glove winner off his left shoulder. And when Vernon Wells returns to left, that's three more Gold Gloves off his right shoulder.

It's an adjustment for all three players, given that all three are natural center fielders accustomed to going after everything they can reach. There have been a few blips along the way, most notably on Friday night, when Hunter and Bourjos juggled a fly ball that Hunter ultimately held for a huge out to end the Twins' eighth inning and keep the game tied.

"We had some discussion [Friday] night, trying to get an understanding," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "We have two guys who have incredible range who are still trying to work out some things. Those guys know they've got to stay aggressive. At some point, Pete's got to learn Torii's space, and vice versa.

"Pete felt there were a couple of balls early in the year he kind of shied away from and they fell in. He's trying to stay aggressive. There's a time when an outfielder should know who has the easier play. The center fielder has priority over middle infielders going out and priority, if it's not a routine play, over other outfielders. It's better to have guys too aggressive than peeling back."

The Angels are shading Hunter at times toward right center, taking advantage of his exceptional range in getting to the line.

"Sometimes their range is going to overlap," Scioscia said. "That range is an asset."