Tiffee said he is comfortable coming off the bench, and he knows how to prepare for the role after spending three years doing that for the Minnesota Twins from 2004-06.The utility player had been smoking hot for Las Vegas, leading the Pacific Coast League in batting average (.422) and doubles (24) while also hitting four home runs, driving in 31 runs and scoring 40. "[I'm doing] nothing really different, just trying to have good at-bats, getting a good pitch to hit, being a little bit more patient and adjusting a few things in my swing, trying to get back to where I was a couple years ago when I was hitting pretty good," Tiffee said. "It seemed to work out and just finding a few holes, so that helps, too." Although Tiffee said it felt good to see his hot start lead to a call up, it does not compare to the first time he got that call four years ago. "It's definitely not the same," he said. "First time you're kind of in awe and all that. You always get that feeling when you get called up, but the first time you're up it's totally different. "The more [time] you spend in the Minors and you get a chance to come up, the more you appreciate being up here and knowing that you want to stay up here."
Michael Schwartz is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less