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Yankees Turn Triple Play and Lose

Brian CapozziContributor IApril 22, 2010

It hasn’t happened since June 3, 1968, but in the sixth inning of the Yankees 4-2 loss to the Oakland Athletics on Thursday afternoon, the Yankees turned their first triple play in more than 40 years. With runners at first and second Sabathia was working to Kurt Suzuki chopped a ground ball to Alex Rodriguez at third base. A-Rod fielded the ball quickly, raced to third base for the first out, turned and fired to Robinson Cano covering second base for the second out. Cano, with his quickness at the bag, fired a strike to Nick Johnson for the third out of the triple play.

As reported on by Bryan Hoch:

The last triple play turned by the Yankees was in 1968 against the Twins, when Johnny Roseboro hit into a 1-5-3 triple play: pitcher Dooley Womack to third baseman Bobby Cox to first baseman Mickey Mantle. The Yankees had gone 6,632 consecutive regular season games without turning a triple play.

It was the A’s first grounding into a triple play since May 14, 1994 at Kansas City, with Geronimo Berroa the batter.

To see a video clip of the triple play, check out the following link: Yankees turn triple play

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