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Hunter saw A-Rod homer coming

Hunter saw A-Rod homer coming

ANAHEIM -- For Torii Hunter, it was akin to that moment in weddings when the priest asks if anybody in the crowd objects to the proceedings.

Except in this particular moment in the Angels' 4-3 loss in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series on Saturday night at Yankee Stadium, Hunter's objection would have fallen on deaf ears.

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It was too late.

Hunter watched from center field in the bottom of the 11th inning as catcher Jeff Mathis positioned his glove up and away for Brian Fuentes' 0-2 pitch to Alex Rodriguez. And Hunter had a good idea what was coming next.

"I saw the glove go up," Hunter recalled Sunday, "and in my head, I said, 'Noooo!'"

Sure enough, A-Rod continued his sizzling postseason when he belted that elevated fastball into the right-field seats for a line-drive, leadoff shot that tied Game 2. The Angels had grabbed the go-ahead run in the top of the inning, only to see Rodriguez snatch it away.

AL Championship Series
Gm. 1 NYY 4, LAA 1 Wrap Video
Gm. 2 NYY 4, LAA 3 Wrap Video
Gm. 3 LAA 5, NYY 4 Wrap Video
Gm. 4 NY 10, LAA 1 Wrap Video
Gm. 5 LAA 7, NYY 6 Wrap Video
Gm. 6 NYY 5, LAA 2 Wrap Video

Hunter saw it coming, and, a day later, he was wishing he could have spoken up.

"That's why he's one of the greatest in the game," Hunter said of A-Rod. "Just look at his track record. ... A guy like that, you don't want to let him beat you late."

And Hunter acknowledged that the Angels beat themselves. Hunter, after all, had come up with two on and one out after Chone Figgins' RBI single in the top of the 11th and grounded into an inning-ending double play.

"We could have had some insurance," Hunter said. "It just didn't go our way."

Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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