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08/06/11 9:45 PM ET

Scioscia: Pineiro won't work in close games

ANAHEIM -- Angels manager Mike Scoiscia said on Saturday there's still a possibility that beleaguered starter turned reliever Joel Pineiro could work his way back into the rotation. But for now, Pineiro has a new role on the Halos: long reliever.

Scioscia said that he wouldn't use Pineiro in close games while the right-hander works to solve the problems that brought about his recent four-game stretch in which he 0-3 with a 14.85 ERA.

"He'll be in a spot where he can get in a game and work on some stuff, so we'll either be up or down by a lot," Scioscia said. "That's where we are right now with him. Hopefully, he'll be able to get enough pitches and outings to see where he is, and combine it with the work he's doing with Mike Butcher.

"There's a lot of pitfalls to having to make this move, you don't want his length to evaporate. ... He needs to get off that treadmill and find himself."

Pineiro (5-6, 5.31 ERA) was last a reliever for the Boston Red Sox during the 2007 season, but he switched to a starting role following a midseason trade to St. Louis that year.

Hunter sees other end of defensive gem

ANAHEIM -- For most of his big league career, Torii Hunter made a name for himself with his defensive brilliance in center field, winning nine consecutive Gold Glove Awards at one point and robbing more than his fair share of extra-base hits and home runs.

For that reason, Mariners rookie left fielder Trayvon Robinson effectively "Torii Hunter-ed" the Angels' veteran right fielder on Friday night, with a home-run-saving catch in the third inning. This turn of events elicited conflicting emotions from Hunter: a combination of disgust and admiration on behalf of solid glove work.

"It felt bad to be on the other end of it," Hunter said. "I was running around first and I saw him catch it. ... I really felt bad. And I really liked it, though, at the same time.

"Something you love to hate, that's what it felt like."

According to Hunter, the last time a player robbed him of a homer was close to 10 years ago, when Mike Cameron made a similar play.

"It had been that long since someone ... took a home run away," Hunter said. "I didn't hit it good. I hit it off the end of the bat, and it just lingered right over."

But Robinson didn't simply pluck the ball out of the stands. He reached over the left-field wall to snatch the ball out of the first row, momentarily losing his cap in the process of becoming that night's top play on "SportsCenter."

David Ely is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.