Torii Hunter should get his 2,000th career hit this week if he continues to make contact the way he has over the first six games of the season.

Hunter, 37, is three hits shy of becoming the 14th active player with 2,000 hits.

He went 2-for-4 in Sunday's 7-0 loss to the Yankees at Comerica Park.

Hunter has had multiple hits in five of the first six games this season. He's the ninth Tiger since 1916 to accomplish that. The last Tiger to do it was Magglio Ordoñez in 2010.

The Tigers had Monday off. They host the Toronto Blue Jays in a three-game series today through Thursday. Each game starts at 1:08 p.m.

Hunter, 37, is looking forward to reaching the 2,000-hit plateau.

"It's an honor," he said. "I was always known for my defense. You gotta stay healthy to get 2,000 hits, come ready to play every day. For me to be around this long and 2,000 hits, I'm very thankful.

"I thank God for the opportunity to come out here and play major league baseball and get 2,000 hits so I can always tell my grandkids, 'I got 2,000 hits in the major leagues. Top that, little sucker.' "

Hunter, a nine-time Gold Glove winner (2001-09), picked up his 112th career outfield assist in Saturday's 8-4 win over the Yankees when his throw from right put out Brennan Boesch trying to come home in the second inning.

"He's going to make a lot of stuff look pretty routine," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said recently when asked about Hunter's play in the outfield.