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Elvis Andrus plays third base for first time

7/11/2012

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.