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PostSubject: Thomas fitting in with Tigers - Rookie making his mark   Sat Apr 05, 2008 11:37 am

04/04/2008 7:14 PM ET
Thomas fitting in with Tigers
Rookie oufielder making his mark with veteran club
By Jason Beck / MLB.com

DETROIT -- As a team, the Tigers can be excused if they're feeling tight. As a rookie center fielder on a veteran-laden team, Clete Thomas finally can loosen up.

Of all the at-bats Thomas had in his three-hit performance Friday, it was one of his outs that showed a sign of how Thomas was fitting in. With Brandon Inge on first base and one out in the sixth inning of a tie game, Thomas stepped to the plate, looking to lay down a sacrifice bunt. After White Sox left-hander Boone Logan missed with his first two pitches for a 2-0 count, Thomas squared around to bunt again.

Again, Logan missed, this time high and inside. But in ducking away to dodge the pitch, Thomas actually got the bat on the ball, laying down a roller to third that accomplished his purpose and advanced Inge to second.

"If not for my bat, it might've hit me in the face," Thomas said. "It was a bunt by accident."

It was odd enough for him to have a laugh about it afterwards. That was a good sign for manager Jim Leyland.

"I think he's having a lot of fun right now," Leyland said. "Even in that bunt situation, he was laughing when he was running down to first. He's kind of loose and having a good time. That's probably the best thing for him."

Hitting like he did in his other at-bats gives him a pretty good reason to smile, too.

Each of Thomas' first three at-bats Friday ended with line-drive singles into the outfield. One set him up to score the game's first run in the opening inning. Another drove in Detroit's next run with two outs in the second inning, earning Thomas his first Major League RBI. With his leadoff single in the fourth, Thomas became the first Tiger since Brent Clevlen two years ago to post a three-hit effort within his first three big league games.

It won't earn him an everyday role, but it at least earns him another start Saturday. If Miguel Cabrera isn't ready to play third base again and Gary Sheffield remains out as expected, Thomas will be back in center field. If Cabrera is back at third, Leyland said he would likely use Jacque Jones at DH and Thomas in left field.

"It's kind of tough being a role player, especially since you're used to playing every game [in the Minors]," Thomas said. "But I'm going to be here to help the team. If I go back to being a role player whenever somebody gets healthy, then that's what I'll do. As of right now, I'm just trying to get in there, get on base and try to get something going every time I get up there." applaud

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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PostSubject: Re: Thomas fitting in with Tigers - Rookie making his mark   Sat Apr 05, 2008 12:08 pm

I like this guy!


I hope somehow he can stay with the Tigers!
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PostSubject: Re: Thomas fitting in with Tigers - Rookie making his mark   Sat Apr 05, 2008 3:12 pm

I like him too, he's doing good, he looks so young I just wanna give him milk and cookies, lol
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PostSubject: Re: Thomas fitting in with Tigers - Rookie making his mark   Sat Apr 05, 2008 3:20 pm

iluvpudge7 wrote:
I like him too, he's doing good, he looks so young I just wanna give him milk and cookies, lol

LMAO
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PostSubject: Re: Thomas fitting in with Tigers - Rookie making his mark   Sat Apr 05, 2008 3:47 pm

He's just gotta lose that deer in the headlights look!
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PostSubject: Re: Thomas fitting in with Tigers - Rookie making his mark   Sat Apr 05, 2008 3:47 pm

Confidence, my man! You can do it!
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PostSubject: Re: Thomas fitting in with Tigers - Rookie making his mark   Sat Apr 05, 2008 3:48 pm

iluvpudge7 wrote:
I like him too, he's doing good, he looks so young I just wanna give him milk and cookies, lol

He's 24 - he isn't that young whistle


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PostSubject: Re: Thomas fitting in with Tigers - Rookie making his mark   Sat Apr 05, 2008 3:50 pm

My dear catbox...it depends on which side of the fence one sits! Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Thomas fitting in with Tigers - Rookie making his mark   Sat Apr 05, 2008 3:56 pm

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My dear catbox...it depends on which side of the fence one sits! Smile

LMAO

But the original poster said he was all young and she wanted to give him milk and cookies. Maybe she should have said he's so young I want to give him a beer and cigarettes.


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PostSubject: Re: Thomas fitting in with Tigers - Rookie making his mark   Sat Apr 05, 2008 4:22 pm

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laprimamirala wrote:
My dear catbox...it depends on which side of the fence one sits! Smile

LMAO

But the original poster said he was all young and she wanted to give him milk and cookies. Maybe she should have said he's so young I want to give him a beer and cigarettes.

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PostSubject: Re: Thomas fitting in with Tigers - Rookie making his mark   Sat Apr 05, 2008 4:29 pm

I's just sayin' young is all how you look at it! Big Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Thomas fitting in with Tigers - Rookie making his mark   Sat Apr 05, 2008 4:32 pm

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laprimamirala wrote:
My dear catbox...it depends on which side of the fence one sits! Smile

LMAO

But the original poster said he was all young and she wanted to give him milk and cookies. Maybe she should have said he's so young I want to give him a beer and cigarettes.

Stunned LMAO LMAO
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PostSubject: Re: Thomas fitting in with Tigers - Rookie making his mark   Sat Apr 05, 2008 10:30 pm

He's the one bright spot in an otherwise dismal week.
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PostSubject: Re: Thomas fitting in with Tigers - Rookie making his mark   Sat Apr 05, 2008 10:36 pm

*sigh*
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PostSubject: Re: Thomas fitting in with Tigers - Rookie making his mark   Sat Apr 05, 2008 10:49 pm

I feel like I aged five years watching the Tigers lose this week!
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PostSubject: Re: Thomas fitting in with Tigers - Rookie making his mark   Sat Apr 05, 2008 10:55 pm

I feel the same way! So exhausted after every game!
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PostSubject: Re: Thomas fitting in with Tigers - Rookie making his mark   Sun Apr 06, 2008 6:22 pm

catbox_9 wrote:
iluvpudge7 wrote:
I like him too, he's doing good, he looks so young I just wanna give him milk and cookies, lol

He's 24 - he isn't that young whistle

Don't FOOL yourself kid, 24 is infantile!!
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PostSubject: Re: Thomas fitting in with Tigers - Rookie making his mark   Sun Apr 06, 2008 6:23 pm

Trinita wrote:
He's the one bright spot in an otherwise dismal week.

The LONE feel-good story of the year thus far!!
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PostSubject: Re: Thomas fitting in with Tigers - Rookie making his mark   Sun Apr 06, 2008 6:46 pm

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