Jul 21, 2013 9:18 PM by Andrew Masuda

Santa Maria native Bernier sees first big league action since '08 with Twins

Five years of waiting finally came to an end for Santa Maria native Doug Bernier. The 33 year old was a late game replacement for the Minnesota Twins on Sunday in their game against the Cleveland Indians. It marked the first Major League game for the St. Joseph High graduate since 2008 and just the third in his professional baseball career.

Bernier came in as a defensive replacement in the top of the eighth inning for third baseman Trevor Plouffe. Bernier drew a walk on four pitches in his only at-bat of the game, which game in the bottom of the eighth. He did not score in the Twins' 7-1 loss to the Indians. It still marked the first time he reached base at the big league level.

Minnesota is Bernier's seventh organization of his career. He's also spent time with the Yankees, Pirates and Rockies clubs. Bernier was hitting .295 with 3 home runs and 41 RBI for Rochester, the Twins' Triple-A organization when he was called up to the big leagues. His only other appearance in a big league uniform came with Colorado in 2008 when he played in 2 games and went 0 for 4.

The Twins open a series in Anaheim against the Los Angeles Angels on Monday.



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