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Unassisted triple play for Cabrera

May 13, 2008|From the Associated Press

CLEVELAND -- Asdrubal Cabrera delivered a home run in the first game of a doubleheader Monday and the 14th unassisted triple play in major league history in the nightcap.

The drive helped Cleveland win the first game, 3-0. The fielding gem wasn't enough to complete the sweep, as Toronto won the second game, 3-0, in 10 innings.

"It's a triple play, but I'm not going to talk about it; we didn't win the game," Indians Manager Eric Wedge said.

The nightcap featured terrific pitching by Toronto's Shaun Marcum and Cleveland's Cliff Lee, who got a big assist from second baseman Cabrera in the fifth inning.

With Kevin Mench and Marco Scutaro on with singles and running on the 1-and-0 pitch, Cabrera made a diving backhand catch of a line drive by Lyle Overbay, touched second base to force Mench and then tagged out Scutaro.

Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki made the last unassisted triple play in the majors, on April 29, 2007, against Atlanta. Oakland second baseman Randy Velarde last turned the trick in the AL, on May 29, 2000, against the Yankees.

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