OAKLAND, California—Casper Wells wasn't sitting in the stands at tonight's Oakland game, but the Detroit rookie will be bringing home a collector's baseball.
Wells, who was born in Grand Rapids, got his first major league hit tonight against Oakland Athletics pitcher Dallas Braden. Braden pitched a perfect game in his last start at Oakland Coliseum.
Wells' hit, a blooper into leftfield, came on an 0-2 count in the Top of the 3rd inning. After the hit, the ball was tossed into the Tigers dugout for Wells to keep as a souvenir.
The 25-year-old was drafted by the Tigers in the 14th round (420th overall) of the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft. He was recalled on May 14 in place of pitcher Alfredo Figaro. He started in Oakland Wednesday night in place of Magglio Ordonez, who was scratched with a sore right heel.
Wells also spent time with the West Michigan Whitecaps during the 2008 season.