Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 11/18/14
MINNEAPOLIS -- Sunday marked the 18th consecutive start for Twins center fielder Clete Thomas, who has filled that spot while Aaron Hicks is on the disabled list. Minnesota didn't see much of Thomas last year as he played in just 12 games and had 29 plate appearances -- including 16 strikeouts. In his second stint with the Twins, though, Thomas has been filling in admirably for Hicks, not only in center field but in the leadoff spot as well. He hit his third home run of the year, a two-run shot to right field in the fifth inning of Sunday's 9-8 loss to the Royals. He also drew his eighth walk of the season; by comparison, he did not walk at all in 15 games with the Tigers and Twins in 2012. "He can run, he can throw, he can field. He can play left, center and right," Twins general manager Terry Ryan said of Thomas this weekend. "The only question about Thomas is his strikeouts, and he's taken better at-bats. He's taking swings that were strikes. He's taking more competitive at-bat...
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