Detroit – If his shoulder was bothering him, it didn’t prevent him from taking batting practice Tuesday.
And considering how his shoulder felt after Game 3, there was probably a good chance of it still bothering him for Game 4, even though X-rays were negative.
But right fielder Torii Hunter wasn’t about to complain. And he certainly wasn’t about to miss Game 4 with the Tigers fighting for playoff survival.
“It’s a long way from my heart, it’s not broken, I’m good,” Hunter said of his shoulder. “With some Advil, I’ll be all right. When adrenaline takes over, that’s your pain relief.”
Tuesday wasn’t about the long haul, though.
Tuesday was about one game.
And about getting it done, which they did.
“I don’t think we’re pressing,” Hunter said of the first three games of the American League Division Series against the A’s. “But I think we just need to go out there with a little more urgency.
“It’s frustrating because it’s the postseason and we want to go out there and win. But to be down 2-1, what we need to do is not worry about it.”
And that’s how helped, despite going 0-for-4.
Not a factor?
There was some more talk on Tuesday about the stare-down on Monday between Grant Balfour of the A’s and Victor Martinez of the Tigers.
Oakland’s Josh Reddick didn’t expect it to be a factor in Game 4, though.
“Not when a team is on the verge of elimination,” he said. “I don’t think there will be a carryover.
“We’ve all seen Balfour when he pitches. He’s yelling at baseballs, blades of grass, the mound. Who knows what’s going on?
“Early in the year in Oakland, when we don’t really have a very large fan base, you can hear it coming in from the bullpen. He does it by saying vulgar words.
“Victor took it the wrong way. Balfour doesn’t like to get stared down and he pretty much wins the staring contest 100 percent of the time, and he didn’t appreciate it.”