MINNEAPOLIS Clete Thomas' baseball journey has taken a few twists and turns. A former sixth-round pick of the Detroit Tigers after playing his college ball at Auburn, Thomas spent parts of three seasons in the majors with Detroit but was mostly relegated to the minor leagues.
After playing just 145 games with the Tigers in 2008-09 and 2012, Thomas was claimed off waivers by the Minnesota Twins early in the 2012 season. Even then, though, his major league season was limited to just 12 games with Minnesota after he switched teams. Most of the remainder of 2012 was spent at Triple-A Rochester.
Thomas was given another shot with the Twins in early June when they called him up from Rochester, where he was batting .296 with nine homers for the Red Wings. Thomas was handed even more playing time when center fielder Aaron Hicks was placed on the disabled list over the weekend.
He made the most of the opportunity on Wednesday.
Thomas had a career-high four hits and drove in two runs...