"Big Hurt" Back Up to Bat

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Frank Thomas is back in an Oakland
uniform and batting cleanup today against the visiting Minnesota
The Athletics agreed to terms with 39-year-old designated hitter
four days after he was released by Toronto after publicly
complaining about a reduction in playing time. The Big Hurt was
batting a buck-67 with three home runs and 11 RBIs when he got his
walking papers from the Blue Jays.
The move is a bargain for general manager Billy Beane and a club
looking to boost its power numbers. The A's will be on the hook
only for about $337,000. That's a prorated share of the $390,000
minimum. The Blue Jays will pay the vast majority of his
8-million-dollar salary.
The 39-year-old Thomas played for the A's during the club's 2006
American League championship series season. He batted .270 with a
team-leading 39 home runs and 114 RBIs in 137 games after missing
all but 108 games the previous two seasons with the Chicago White
Sox because of injury.
Thomas hit .277 with 26 homers and 95 RBIs last season for the

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