Some chose not to comment, but Phil Coke rarely does.

Not comment, that is.

When asked what he thought about Jason Collins being the first active player in a major American sport to admit he's gay, the Tigers reliever said: "My hat is off to him because you have to have some serious intestinal fortitude to be able to do that. Under the possibility of mass scrutiny, he's standing up for himself. You have to have respect for that."

The Tigers said Torii Hunter had no comment on the matter.

In December, Hunter was quoted as saying, "For me as a Christian, I will be uncomfortable (about the possibility of having an openly gay teammate) because in all my teachings and all my learning, biblically, it's not right.

"It will be difficult and uncomfortable."

Hunter said his feelings were "misrepresented" by the Los Angeles Times story in which he was quoted, saying they did not "express how I feel as a Christian or a human being.

"I have love and respect for all human beings regardless of race, color or sexual orientation."