Yankees turn triple play vs. Rays

ST. PETERSBURG — The Yankees went around the horn to complete a triple play, their second in the last two seasons, in the second inning on Thursday against the Rays at Tropicana Field.

With runners at first and second, third baseman Yangervis Solarte fielded a hard chopper off the bat of Tampa Bay’s Sean Rodriguez, then raced to third base to force out Evan Longoria.

Solarte threw to second baseman Brian Roberts, who straddled the second base bag and forced out Wil Myers. Roberts quickly fed a throw to first baseman Scott Sizemore, who scooped the ball in time to retire Rodriguez.

It was the third time that the Rays have hit into a triple play in their franchise history, and Rodriguez also hit into the most recent one, on Aug. 16, 2011 against the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

CC Sabathia was the beneficiary of Thursday’s triple play, raising his arms in celebration, and Sabathia has been on the mound for all three of the Yankees’ most recent triple plays.

The left-hander was also on the hill for a triple play on April 22, 2010 against the Athletics in Oakland — also a 5-4-3, Alex Rodriguez to Robinson Cano to Nick Johnson on a ground ball hit by Kurt Suzuki.

Sabathia was again on the mound for an April 12, 2013 triple play against the Orioles at Yankee Stadium, the first 4-6-5-6-5-3-4 triple play in history, involving second baseman Cano, shortstop Jayson Nix, third baseman Kevin Youkilis and first baseman Lyle Overbay on a ball hit by Manny Machado.

Before the most recent run of triple plays, the Yankees’ last triple play was completed on June 3, 1968 against the Twins at Yankee Stadium — pitcher Dooley Womack to third baseman Bobby Cox to first baseman Mickey Mantle, on a ball hit by Minnesota’s John Roseboro.

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