Friday, September 21, 2012

Ichiro gets a hit when ball goes down pitcher's shirt

Ichiro Suzuki has been on a tear lately but even the streaking Yankees outfielder couldn't foresee himself getting a hit this way —  a routine come-backer to the mound going down the opposing  pitcher's shirt.

Oakland A's righthander Jarrod Parker was the unlucky recipient of Ichiro's third-inning grounder and, when he couldn't get the ball out of his shirt, the Yankees hitter had his 10th hit in his last 13 at-bats.

It looked like Parker was trying to unbutton his uniform to get at the ball and, under the rules if he was quick enough, Parker could have run over to first base and touched the bag for the out.

Ichiro's bizarre hit kept his average at around .330 since he came over to the Yankees.

The home plate umpire confiscated the ball after the play.

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