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Hunter says he didn't actually kiss alligator

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Hunter says he didn't actually kiss alligator

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Detroit Tigers' Torii Hunter (48) begins his slide as New York Yankees catcher Brian McCann, left, waits to make the tag at home in front of umpire Andy Fletcher during the third inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game in Lakeland, Fla., Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. Hunter was attempting to score on a single to left field by Tigers' Miguel Cabrera. The Yankees won 7-4. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) -- Torii Hunter claims he didn't actually kiss an alligator.

The Detroit outfielder was featured in a viral photo from spring training that showed him puckering up next to the bounded mouth of a gator - but he told reporters Wednesday he was just ''on the backside of it'' and there was no kiss.

Hunter says he'd never touched a gator before. The photo is available via a link from Hunter's Twitter account.

The picture was part of a morning meeting the Tigers have been holding daily at spring training under new manager Brad Ausmus. It may sound like a more formal start to each day, but it's also a chance for the team to share a few laughs.

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