MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins manager Ron Gardenhire talked before Tuesday's game about how Clete Thomas is not the prototypical leadoff hitter. But Minnesota has been left with few options at the top of the lineup, so Thomas has found himself leading off for the past three games.
All season, really, the Twins have struggled to find consistency at the top of the order. Minnesota's leadoff hitters have batted just .176 with a .229 on-base percentage, both of which are easily the worst in all of baseball.
As it turned out Tuesday, the Twins' uncharacteristic leadoff hitter played a big part in Minnesota's 7-5 win over the visiting Chicago White Sox. Thomas drew a two-out walk -- just his second walk of the season -- and later came around to score the go-ahead run on Ryan Doumit's two-run double.
"Nothing bigger than that (eighth) inning, taking a walk," Gardenhire said after the win. "He didn't get too jumpy there and drew a walk and got on with Joe (Mauer) coming up and (Doumit). Those are...