Rays pull off hidden-ball trick

LOS ANGELES -- The Tampa Bay Rays pulled off the old hidden-ball trick, trapping Juan Uribe of the Dodgers at third base.

The rarely seen play occurred in the fourth inning Saturday with Los Angeles leading 4-0. The Dodgers went on to win 5-0.

"I made a mistake," Uribe said. "I didn't see that the guy had the ball until it was too late. Every day, you see something different. I've never seen that before. Guys try. Now, I know."

A.J. Ellis hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly, and all three runners moved up as center fielder Wil Myers threw toward the plate.

First baseman James Loney wound up with the ball behind the mound. He flipped it to shortstop Yunel Escobar, who then quickly tossed the ball to third baseman Evan Longoria while no one seemed to be looking.

Longoria stood behind Uribe, who was chatting with third-base coach Tim Wallach. When Uribe took his foot off the bag, Longoria tagged him. Umpire Angel Hernandez was right on the play, watching the whole time, and made the out call.

"It's a play that I always have in the back of my mind through the course of a game," Escobar said through a translator. "Guys were going everywhere, so it happened to be a good situation where I thought we might be able to tag Uribe out. The umpire was standing there and knew what was going on right away, and the only one that didn't know what was going on was Uribe.

"I've tried it four or five other times this year and never got anybody out in the big leagues. But in the minor leagues, I got four or five guys out."

Added Longoria: "I know that Yuni is always looking to do it. Usually when a play like happens, the pitcher is right around the mound and you don't have a whole lot of time before the umpires call time. I had just walked around behind Uribe, and Hernandez was still walking back from behind the plate to the mound."

"I was just kind of waving my hand to see if Loney would see me, and he did. But he threw the ball to Yuni -- which was the best part of the play, because it was indirect. Once I got the ball, I just kind of waited there. He barely took his foot off the base and I tagged him. It really was the one highlight of the day for us."

The next time Uribe got to third, he made a point of exaggeratedly showing Longoria he had both feet on the bag.

"I thought they caught him for leaving early at first," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "It is something you can laugh about now, but it's really something you should learn from. It's a mistake that you don't really want to make in a big game."

Information from ESPNLosAngeles.com's Mark Saxon and The Associated Press was used in this report.