Prince Fielder hit a chopper in the second inning that would've been an easy out for even the most defensively challenged third baseman in baseball.
The problem for the Los Angeles Angels is that their third baseman, Alberto Callaspo, was playing in the shortstop hole.
The strategy of shifting the infield toward first is common when teams pitch to Fielder.
Thursday afternoon at Comerica Park, the Angels got burned, as Fielder turned the opening into a double when his chopper skirted untouched into the outfield.
Even the leftfielder, all-world rookie Mike Trout, had to hustle back to his right to scoop it up because he had been shading toward center. His throw was high to the second baseman, and Fielder slid under the tag.
Fielder figured he was taking two bases as soon as he hit it.
"Oh yeah, if not, I would've been out," he said.
The move was aggressive, forcing Fielder onto his back as he slid into second.
"I do not know how to slide," he said with a grin.
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Detroit Free Press | Jul 20