Yankees Triple Play: Novice First Baseman Finishes Off Rare Event

Friday, 18 Apr 2014 12:15 PM

By Michael Mullins

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A Yankees triple play was completed by a novice first baseman in Thursday night's game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Scott Sizemore, who has missed most of the last two seasons due to injuries, completed the triple play at first base — a position he has never even played before in his more than eight-year career in the Major Leagues, Yahoo Sports noted.

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"I saw it developing, and I just said, 'I've got to catch this one at all costs,'" Sizemore told MLB.com. "So I managed to dig it out of the dirt and finish it off."

According to Sizemore, who generally plays third and second base, it wasn’t too difficult to corral the throw from New York Yankees’ second baseman Brian Roberts.

"I guess it's never easy when it's in the dirt, but that wasn't a tougher one," Sizemore added. "Usually a short hop, you can kind of see it and go get it. On a one-to-10 scale, it was maybe a four."

The triple play started with Yankees third baseman Yangervis Solarte, who fielded a hard chopper from Rays' Sean Rodriguez.

"I was thinking if they hit a ball close to the base, I'm going to have to step on the base, go to second base," Solarte told MLB.com through an interpreter. "If they hit the ball to the other side, I throw to second base and do a double play."

"That's kind of the first thing you think of," Roberts added in an interview with the sports news website. "It's usually the way you see it happen; third baseman's in for a possible bunt, and you just get a one-hopper right to him that leads him a little bit toward the bag. I think that's about the only way it happens on a ground ball."

The 5-4-3 triple play — which means the outs were made on third base, second, and first base, in that order — got Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia out of a jam in the bottom of the second inning having had two men on and nobody out.

"I'm lucky, man. Unbelievable," Sabathia told MLB.com following the game. "I'm just trying to make a pitch and get a double play."

The Yankees went on to beat the Rays 10-2. The team is presently leading the American League East with a record of 10 wins and six losses. In contrast, the Rays are in last place in the AL East with seven wins and nine losses.

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