Friday, April 12, 2013

Yankees turn rare triple play against Orioles in 5-2 win

The New York Yankees turned a dramatic triple play in the eighth inning of Friday night's game against the Baltimore Orioles in a match-up full of wild plays.

In the seventh inning, Adam Jones dropped Vernon Wells' fly ball while blowing a bubble for a game-changing, three-run error, that helped New York beat the O's, 5-2, for its fourth straight win.

In front of a freezing Yankee Stadium crowd, New York turned the rare triple play after Baltimore started the eighth with two singles off CC Sabathia (2-1), and Manny Machado hit a sharp low liner at second baseman Robinson Cano.

Cano tossed it to shortstop Jayson Nix for the forceout at second. Nick Markakis, thinking the ball was going to be caught by Cano, got trapped in a rundown between second and third base.

Third baseman Kevin Youkilis tagged Markakis and then threw to first baseman Lyle Overbay when Machado ranged too far off the bag. Overbay then threw to Cano, who tagged Machado, setting off a giant celebration by New York.

That is 4-6-5-6-5-3-4 if you’re scoring the game at home and probably the last one like that you'll ever see.

CC Sabathia was superb for the Yankees. The big leftie went eight innings, struck out nine and gave up one earned run.

The last triple play by the Yankees was on April 22, 2010 against the Oakland A's.

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