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Forgettable day at Busch. Hats off to Torii Hunter.

Random thoughts…

I don’t know Torii Hunter, and obviously, I was not out in Anaheim when the news of Nick Adenhart’s tragic death was broken to the team. But as someone who understands the inner-workings of a baseball team, I’d like to make an observation: Hunter defines leadership. While his teammates were gripped with mind-numbing devastation in the hours after learning of Adenhart’s death, Hunter was everywhere — on T.V., radio, newspapers, web sites. He became the sole spokesman, player-wise, allowing his mourning teammates to stay out of the public eye.

Yes, the Angels held a formal press conference, which was attended by their GM, manager and Adehart’s agent. But from a player standpoint, Torii Hunter did exactly what a true leader and a great teammate does — he took over the burden that inevitably accompanies such a tragic, public story. That burden was his and his only, by his own design. Good for him, good for the Angels, and good for baseball.

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Roy Oswalt and Brandon Backe were up at the crack of dawn on Friday — 6 a.m., to be exact — to go to Oswalt’s nearby ranch for some early morning hunting. I can’t imagine anything worse than getting up at 6 a.m. to drive two hours to see a couple of turkeys and not actually shoot anything, but hey, to each his own.

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For now, Doug Brocail is not going on the disabled list, but I wouldn’t be surprised at all if that changes in the next day or two. He has a rotator cuff strain and it’s hard for me to believe he’ll be back to normal in three or four days. They can’t play a reliever short for that long, and there’s no harm in bringing up Alberto Arias, who had a good enough Spring Training to make the club — if there was room in the ‘pen, which there was not. Now there might be.

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I’m not even going to address Saturday’s game. The score says enough.

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