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The Inside Pitch With Wes Thigpen

As the Book says, the last shall be first. Wes Thigpen doesn't mind where his name comes in the Bulldog batting order, though. In fact, "I like the nine-hole," said the Mississippi State catcher. Good thing because in his, ummm, last nine starts at catcher Thigpen has been booked number nine.

Better thing, this senior backstop has been able to deliver some clutch at-bats there at what has become his end of the offensive order. Thigpen won't rank among any league leaders for a .252 average, understand. But timing is everything in his business and an unexpected hit from his spot can have more impact than two or three safeties elsewhere. Besides, "There's probably a lot more men on base...

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