Elvis Andrus plays third base for first time

July, 10, 2012

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- He's played second base and the outfield. He's even pitched. But never -- not in Little League, the minors or the big leagues -- had Elvis Andrus played third base until the ninth inning of Tuesday's All-Star Game.

Texas Rangers bench coach Jackie Moore asked Andrus if he was OK with playing there and the 23-year-old quickly agreed. Asdrubal Cabrera, who was playing shortstop, told Andrus that he would play third. But Andrus wanted to give it a try. And right away, he got a ground ball hit to him off the bat of Andrew McCutchen.

Andrus had to make a quick and strong throw to first to get the speedster.

"It was fun," Andrus said. "I'm going to make a lot of fun of Adrian (Beltre) when I see him. I'll teach him how to take ground balls."

Beltre, of course, started the game at third base, meaning a Ranger started and finished at the position. One reporter joked that Jurickson Profar had to be excited to see Andrus playing a different position than shortstop.

"There's no better place to play third base the first time than at the All-Star Game," Andrus said. "It was a lot of fun to get one out. I didn't do that bad."

Andrus got one at-bat in the game and hit into a fielder's choice. When the game ended, he was standing on third base and wasn't able to score to end the shutout bid as the AL fell, 8-0.
Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.



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