Torii Hunter has been on a tear since moving to the No. 2 spot in the Angels' lineup, where he hits behind Mike Trout and in front of Albert Pujols. But as much as the new surroundings have helped, Hunter says a new perspective has helped even more.

Hunter missed 15 games last month to be with his family after his 17-year-old son Darius McClinton-Hunter was one of five people arrested in a sexual-assault case. And even after he rejoined the team Hunter said he couldn't stop wondering whether he had failed his son by being away from home every summer.

"My dad was absent in my life. And I told myself I wasn't going to do that with my kids," said Hunter, who had only a single in the first 15 at-bats after his return, dropping his average to a season-low .235. "When something like this happens, I feel like if I was there, this wouldn't happen."

Hunter is unable to discuss specifics of the case, though he has suggested the charges against his son don't add up and he's hoping the whole thing is dismissed. In the meantime he said he has found comfort in the Bible and in the faith-based self-help book "Boundaries" by John Townsend.

But real peace of mind came after talking with friends and teammates.