ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- For the third time in his tenure as a Yankee, CC Sabathia has been the beneficiary of a triple play.
Tonight's gem was a classic 5-4-3 started by rookie Yangervis Solarte on a one-hopper right over third base by Sean Rodriguez. Solarte had the presence of mind to step on third before firing to Brian Roberts at second, but the best was yet to come when Robert's throw skipped in to Scott Sizemore, playing his first ever game at first base, but Sizemore made a perfect scoop to pick the throw and complete the treble, ending a second-inning threat by the Tampa Bay Rays.
A year and five days ago, the Yankees turned another triple play for Sabathia, albeit in a somewhat messier fashion (4-6-5-6-5-3-4) against Baltimore on April 12, 2013. The Yankees first turned the trick for CC on April 22, 2010 in Oakland, a conventional 5-4-3, in a game that was better remembered for Athletics' pitcher Dallas Braden shouting for Alex Rodriguez to "Get off my mound!"
The Yankees have now turned 24 triple plays in their history.