Rays turn triple play vs. Yanks
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rays have turned the third triple play in team history.
The Rays accomplished the feat in the sixth inning Tuesday night while trailing 3-2 on a grounder by the Yankees' Russell Martin.
Martin hit a groundball off Jeremy Hellickson to Evan Longoria, who was perfectly positioned near third base. After Longoria stepped on the bag, he threw to second baseman Ben Zobrist for the second out. Zobrist's throw to first retired Martin, who dived head first into the base.
It was the Rays' first triple play since Sept. 2, 2006, against Seattle.
The Yankees hadn't hit into a triple play since May 29, 2000, in a game with Oakland.
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