ANAHEIM -- In his first full season as the Angels' right fielder, Torii Hunter has continued to amaze, showing off his nearly impeccable glove the entire year.
As a center fielder for most of his career, Hunter has played 97 games in right field (one in center field) this season, committing only one error and compiling 11 outfield assists.
"No doubt he's played at a Gold Glove level," Angels manager Mike Scisocia said before Wednesday's game against the Twins. "A lot of the things Torii has done will not show up in any stat.
"It's not just the spectacular play, but first to third. That is a huge part of team defense. It is totally connected to our elevated team defense."
Scioscia also credits Hunter in helping the Angels' starting pitchers throw deeper into games.
"Much hasn't change for him from center to right, except maybe the ability to be as spectacular," Scioscia said. "I hope when it is all said and done that he is recognized."
Angels load up on lefties, give Kendrick rest
ANAHEIM -- Deciding to mix things up Wednesday against the Twins, Angels manager Mike Scioscia inserted as many lefties as possible into the lineup against right-hander Scott Baker.
Because of that, Scioscia decided to sit Howard Kendrick and start the switch-hitting Maicer Izturis at second base.
"It is a matchup thing," Scioscia said. "Howie will get back in there tomorrow. We just wanted another left-handed bat in there against Baker.
"It is good to get other guys in and Howie will be in there virtually every day. This is a week for him to refresh a little."
Kendrick got an off-day July 25 against the Indians and was a pinch-hitter in Sunday's contest against the Tigers.
As one of the Angels' most consistent players this season, the All-Star is batting .299 with eight home runs and 36 RBIs.
"We just came off a grueling trip. If we want a day with left-handers, we are going to look at that," Scioscia said. "Over the course of a season, it will pay dividends if guys can catch their breath."
Scioscia returns after serving one-game ban
ANAHEIM -- After serving a one-game suspension Tuesday, Mike Scioscia returned on Wednesday, ready to manage the Angels against the Twins and enjoy the view from the dugout once again.
"When you have a vested interest as a manager, you are out of place and can't just relax and watch a ballgame anywhere else," Scioscia said. "I don't like it.
"It was weird being in street clothes."
Scisocia was suspended for the intentional actions of Jered Weaver in Sunday's game against Detroit, in which the Angels ace threw at Alex Avila after a warning had been issued to both clubs by home-plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt.
Either way, he got to see Ervin Santana's complete game, believing the right-hander's characterization of his start was spot on.
"It looked like Ervin made adjustments and stayed within himself and his results became a lot smoother. He maintained results with 120 pitches," said Scioscia.
Scioscia also joked about the team's response to his clubhouse return.
"I don't know if any of them knew I was gone," laughed Scioscia.
Scioscia said the Angels haven't heard anything from the Commissioner's Office about the appeal of Weaver's six-game suspension. Unless anything unexpected happens, Scioscia said Weaver is still scheduled to pitch Friday against the Mariners.
The Angels have considered having Mark Trumbo play winter ball, with the idea that it would allow the rookie first baseman to stay sharp in the offseason. "Some of the reasons to play winter ball definitely apply to Mark," Scioscia said. "We'll see how everything goes the next two months. It is something he has asked about. Saying sharp would be the main reason."
Doug DeCinces threw out the honorary first pitch Wednesday at Angel Stadium as part of 81 alumni first pitches during the 50th anniversary season.
Quinn Roberts is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.