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VIDEO: The Yankees turned a triple play against the Rays

Apr 17, 2014, 8:16 PM EDT

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We have our first triple play of the season in MLB.

In the bottom of the second evening this evening at Tropicana Field, the Yankees turned a 5-4-3 triple play against the Rays. With runners on first and second and nobody out against CC Sabathia, Sean Rodriguez hit a ground ball to Yangervis Solarte at the hot corner. He stepped on the third base bag for the first out and then threw to Brian Roberts for the second out. Roberts then threw to Scott Sizemore, who made the scoop to complete the triple play at first base. Pretty impressive for Sizemore, who is making his first major league start at first base this evening.

Just watch it:

The Yankees actually had the last triple play in MLB, as they pulled one off last April 12 against the Orioles. Tonight’s wasn’t nearly as complicated as that one. WFAN’s Sweeny Murti notes that Sabathia has been on the mound for each of the team’s last three triple plays (2010, 2013 and now 2014). Pretty lucky guy.

  1. tuucamaron - Apr 17, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    If the double play is the pitcher best friend,what is the triple play then?

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - Apr 17, 2014 at 8:27 PM

      Lou Brown: Nice play, Solarte. Don’t ever f’ing do it again.

    • johnnysoda - Apr 17, 2014 at 8:28 PM

      His girlfriend?

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 17, 2014 at 8:29 PM

      Friend with benefits.

    • Kevin S. - Apr 17, 2014 at 9:05 PM

      F**k buddy.

  2. raym64 - Apr 17, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    That Yankee infield keeps being better than what many had forecast.

    • Old Gator - Apr 18, 2014 at 12:57 AM

      Remember this time last season? I hate to keep saying it but…it’s early.

      • cktai - Apr 18, 2014 at 2:34 AM

        He has a point though. Who would expected Roberts to complete 11 games without injury?

      • cktai - Apr 18, 2014 at 2:34 AM

        have*

      • Kevin S. - Apr 18, 2014 at 6:36 AM

        No, ’tis very true. The question all year is going to be whether the infield can muddle along well enough for the outfield, pitching and catching to carry the team.

      • lukedunphysscienceproject - Apr 18, 2014 at 12:13 PM

        OK- it’s early. Everybody stop talking about baseball until July please. See you then!

  3. thebigwhitecat - Apr 17, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    Love the 5-4-3 triple play.

  4. brandotho - Apr 17, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    That was some play by Solarte. Making the Yankees looking like geniuses for giving him a chance and dumping Nunez

    • gatorprof - Apr 18, 2014 at 8:54 AM

      Solarte has been the most pleasant surprise this season. It is early, but he certainly has been impressive.

  5. rbj1 - Apr 17, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    Maybe this Port Jervis kid can Wally Pip that other Yankees third sacker.

    • lukedunphysscienceproject - Apr 18, 2014 at 12:00 PM

      Nobody’s Wally Pipping anybody in the age of the guaranteed contract. Besides, Solarte is a second baseman by trade, and Roberts is on a one year contract. That’s where he’ll be next year.

  6. mikhelb - Apr 17, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    Last triple play for the Yankees they had:
    C: F. Cervelli
    1B: L. Overbay;
    2B: R. ‘the traider’ Canó;
    3B: K. Youkilis;
    SS: J. Nix;

    C: B. McCann;
    1B: S. Sizemore;
    2B: B. Roberts;
    3B: Y. Solarte;
    SS: D. Jeter;
    C: B. McCann.

    • brandotho - Apr 17, 2014 at 10:24 PM

      Before that:

      April 2010 in Oakland
      C Cervelli
      1B Nick Johnson
      2B Cano
      SS Jeter
      3B A-Rod

      • slartibartfast4242 - Apr 17, 2014 at 10:58 PM

        … and Nick Johnson got hurt watching the triple play unfold.

  7. bigharold - Apr 17, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    “..impressive for Sizemore, who is making his first major league start at first base..”

    More impressive, it’s the first time he ever played 1st base at any level.

  8. unlost1 - Apr 18, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    i think Jeter should somehow get credit for this…..or maybe Puig

    • unclemosesgreen - Apr 18, 2014 at 9:59 AM

      You got it all wrong, Jeter gets the credit and Puig gets the blame. That’s how narrative works, damn it.

  9. lukedunphysscienceproject - Apr 18, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    Maybe the Yankees will prove that, despite the prevailing sentiment, you can actually win baseball games without gold glovers at every position in the infield.

    …Oh, wait. They already proved that when they won a World Series with a second baseman who couldn’t throw the ball to first base.

  10. pisano - Apr 18, 2014 at 12:06 PM

    That play could never have happened with Nunez ( Hands of Stone @ third, his relay to second would have landed in right field, and that’s if he would have even fielded the ball in the first place.

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