Heading into the season, many wondered how the Yankees would fill the Alex Rodriguez-sized hole at third base. Yangervis Solarte quickly answered the call to arms.
Solarte provided his latest pinstripe-engendering feat Thursday night, fielding a hard-hit groundball from the Rays' Sean Rodriguez, stepping on third base and wheeling the ball to second, starting a 5-4-3 triple play.
The triple play happened in the second inning as Tampa Bay was trying to cut into the Yankees' 4-0 lead. It is the first triple play of the 2014 season and first for the Yankees since last April. CC Sabathia, Thursday's starter, has been on the mound each time.
More than anything, it's the latest sign the Yankees may have found a solution at third base. In addition to his hot glove, Solarte, 26, is hitting .373/.448/.569 with nine runs batted in. It's small-sample-size theatre time across Major League Baseball, so perhaps we shouldn't go around throwing words like "Legend" around just yet.
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