Torii Hunter has found a time machine wedged in the space between Mike Trout and Albert Pujols.

Moving to the No. 2 spot in the Angels' lineup in early June has rolled back the odometer on the 37-year-old Hunter. He has batted .357 (97 for 272) in the spot, the highest average by any No. 2 hitter in the majors, thanks to the diversion created by Trout ahead of him and the threat of Pujols behind him.

But Hunter has also changed his game as a No. 2 hitter, cutting down his swing and playing like a younger version of himself.

"I think that's why the 2-spot is becoming a terrific fit for him," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "He's back in tune with probably the type hitter he was back in the minor leagues and when he first got to the big leagues. His power developed and he's a guy who hit 25 home runs a year. But he's more than that and I think he's back in the tune with that."