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Jim Thome

Status:
Not Active
Bats:
Left
Throws:
Right
Height:
6' 3"
Weight:
250 lbs
Age:
42
Born:
Aug 27, 1970
Peoria, IL, United States
Drafted:
1989 - round 13, overall by Cle
AVG HR RBI OBP OPS
2012 Regular Season
.252 8 25 .344 .786

Thome had three hits the Orioles beat the Boston Red Sox 9-1 on Friday night remain a game out of first place in the AL East.

Thome provides a veteran presence that should boost the O's in the playoffs.

Thome doubled in the go-ahead run in a 9-6 win in 12 innings over the Boston Red Sox that was Baltimore's 16th straight victory in games that reach overtime.

Thome had two homers, six RBIs and 10 walks in 18 games after being acquired from Philadelphia on July 1 before going on the disabled list from July 31 until Friday with a herniated disc in his neck.

The Orioles have activated Thome from the 15-day disabled list.

Thome was batting .261 in 18 games for Baltimore before going on the DL on July 31 with a herniated disc in his neck. The Orioles had obtained him from the Philadelphia Phillies on June 30.

Thome said Monday that he will have an MRI on Tuesday morning because the spasms in his neck aren't subsiding. He said he is having the scan to make sure there is nothing structurally wrong.

The 41-year-old Thome, who has hit 611 career homers, hasn't played since Friday night. He left the Orioles clubhouse around 4:30 p.m. to make a train back to Baltimore.

A day after moving into sole possession of seventh place on the all-time home run list, Thome struck again. His two-run homer in the seventh inning led the Baltimore Orioles to their fourth straight victory, 3-1 over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday night.

Thome, who passed Sammy Sosa on the career list on Friday, hit his 611th - and second with Baltimore since being acquired from Philadelphia on July 1. He homered off Zach McAllister to wipe out a 1-0 deficit.

Thome homered among three hits Friday in a 10-2 win at Cleveland.

It was fitting to see Thome go deep in Cleveland, where he starred for years for the Tribe. "The big thing is we won another game," Thome said, wearing a large icepack on his neck.

Thome hit his 610th home run to pass Sammy Sosa and move into seventh place on the all-time list.

Thome led off the fourth inning for Baltimore on Friday night and connected off Cleveland's Derek Lowe. It was the 41-year-old's first homer since being acquired by the Orioles from the Philadelphia Phillies on July 1, and sixth of the season overall. It was Thome's 189th homer at Progressive Field. He played for the Indians from 1991 through the 2002 season and returned for the final two months of 2011.

Thome collected three hits in a 4-0 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Sunday.

Thome is batting .257 (9 for 35) since he was traded to the Orioles. He is hitting .247 with five homers and 17 RBIs this season.

Thome hit a home run leading off the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Philadelphia Phillies over the Tampa Bay Rays 7-6 on Saturday after Jonathan Papelbon blew his first save in 18 chances this season.

Thome connected off Jake McGee (2-2) for home run No. 609, tying Sammy Sosa for seventh place on baseball's career list. It was also his fifth in the last 11 games.

Thome hit his 100th home run for Philadelphia during a 6-2 loss to Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday.

Thome's 608th career homer made him the fourth player in major league history to hit at least 100 with three different teams. Darrel Evans (Atlanta, San Francisco and Detroit), Reggie Jackson (California, Oakland and New York) and Alex Rodriguez (Seattle, Texas and New York) are the others. He needs one more homer to tie Sammy Sosa for seventh on the all-time list.

Data provided by STATS LLC.

Next Team Games

* Mon, Oct 6

TBD

BAL (96-66, .593)
DET (90-72, .556)

* Wed, Oct 8

TBD

DET (90-72, .556)
BAL (96-66, .593)

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