It's not so much the two-hole that is bringing out the best in Torii Hunter. It's the hitters surrounding the Angels right fielder in his new lineup spot.

Hunter batted second 29 times in 2011, usually between leadoff batters Erick Aybar and Maicer Izturis and No. 3 hitter Bobby Abreu, and hit .198 (22 for 111) with five home runs and 14 runs batted in.

Manager Mike Scioscia moved Hunter back to the second spot Friday in Colorado, but this time Hunter was slotted behind on-base machine Mike Trout, the dynamic 20-year-old speedster, and slugger Albert Pujols, considered the best hitter of the last decade.