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Report: Hunter, Pujols nearly came to blows in 2012

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The Los Angeles Angels' disappointing season just got a little more troubling following a report that outfielder Torii Hunter, then a member of the Angels, had to be restrained from punching Angels first baseman Albert Pujols during a clubhouse meeting last year.

CBSSports.com reported the incident, saying it followed Angels losses to Tampa Bay last Aug. 17 and 18.

In a team meeting the next day, according to the report, Pujols criticized Jered Weaver for showing up a teammate the night before. Then he blamed Hunter for an altercation in the dugout with C.J. Wilson.

Pujols did not know then that Wilson had apologized to Hunter and the two had made amends.

So Hunter was angry when Puhols criticized him, and said, according to the report, "Albert, you'd better get your facts straight."

Pujols said something in return, and Hunter responded by saying Pujols was a bad teammate and criticized him for pouting whenever he failed to get hits, even in games the Angels won.

Hunter didn't appreciate Pujols calling out others

"Shut up, Torii," Pujols said.

Hunter then charged across the clubhouse toward Pujols, and LaTroy Hawkins and outfielder Vernon Wells had to restrain him.

Hunter had to be physically restrained from going after Pujols again later in the meeting.

Hunter now plays for the Detroit Tigers.

Pujols is in the second year of his 10-year, $240 million deal with the Angels. The team announced Monday he would miss the rest of this season with a foot injury. Pujols hit .258 with 17 homers this season after hitting .285 with 30 homers a year ago.

Hunter is hitting .305 with 13 homers this year with the Tigers, and batted .313 with 16 home runs in 2012 for the Angels.
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