Elvis Andrus plays third base for first time

July, 10, 2012
7/10/12
11:19
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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.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Colby Lewis
WINS ERA SO IP
10 5.18 133 170
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .324
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182