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Rangers History Today: A Triple Play, Pudge's Record, And A Heartbreaking Loss

On this day, the Rangers did something for just the second time in team history — they turned a triple play.

On this date in Texas Rangers history, the Rangers turned their second triple play in team history.

On June 17, 1999, the Rangers faced the New York Yankees, en route to their third division title in four years. In this outing, the Rangers had Aaron Sele on the mound against the Yankees’ Chili Davis. Davis had Tino Martinez at second base and Paul O’Neill at first base. Davis hit a sharp line drive at Rangers second baseman Mark McLemore for the first out of the inning.

From there, McLemore tossed the ball to shortstop Royce Clayton, who forced out Martinez, who didn’t have the time to tag up. Clayton then threw to first baseman Lee Stevens, who was able to force out O’Neill at first for the third out, which ended the inning. That triple play helped the Rangers win the game, 4-2.

It was the Rangers’ first triple play since Aug. 8, 1977, against the Oakland A’s, which was the first for the franchise since it had moved to Arlington in 1972.

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