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Hunter Says He Didn’t Actually Kiss Alligator

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DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 29:  Austin Jackson #14 of the Detroit Tigers scores past catcher Stephen Vogt #21 of the Oakland Athletics on a single by Victor Martinez #41 in the ninth inning at Comerica Park on August 29, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers defeated the Athletics 7-6 on a walk-off home run by Torii Hunter. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

DETROIT, MI – AUGUST 29: Austin Jackson #14 of the Detroit Tigers scores past catcher Stephen Vogt #21 of the Oakland Athletics on a single by Victor Martinez #41 in the ninth inning at Comerica Park on August 29, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers defeated the Athletics 7-6 on a walk-off home run by Torii Hunter. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

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LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Torii Hunter claims he didn’t actually kiss an alligator.

The Detroit outfielder was featured in a viral photo from spring training that showed him puckering up next to the bounded mouth of a gator — but he told reporters Wednesday he was just “on the backside of it” and there was no kiss.

Hunter says he’d never touched a gator before. The photo is available via a link from Hunter’s Twitter account.

The picture was part of a morning meeting the Tigers have been holding daily at spring training under new manager Brad Ausmus. It may sound like a more formal start to each day, but it’s also a chance for the team to share a few laughs.

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