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Andrew Romine, Tigers utility man, plays all nine positions

Detroit Tigers' Andrew Romine pitches against the Minnesota

Detroit Tigers' Andrew Romine pitches against the Minnesota Twins during the eighth inning of a baseball game. Sept. 30, 2017. Photo Credit: AP / Jim Mone

MINNEAPOLIS — Andrew Romine became the fifth player in baseball history to play all nine positions in one game, helping the visiting Tigers beat the Twins, 3-2, on Saturday night.

Romine, a 31-year-old utilityman and the older brother of Yankees catcher Austin Romine, played catcher for the first time in his career and also got one out on the mound.

He was the first player to accomplish the feat since Shane Halter on Oct. 1, 2000. Interestingly enough, Halter played for the Tigers — and the game was also against the Twins. Another interesting footnote: Tigers manager Brad Ausmus was Halter’s teammate in that game 17 years ago.

Ausmus decided two years ago that the versatile Romine might be able to play each position, but the opportunity didn’t present itself until Saturday night, with the Tigers eliminated from playoff contention and the Twins locked into the second AL wild card.

Romine started in left and worked his way across the outfield before moving to third in the fourth inning. He played shortstop in the fifth, second in the sixth and catcher in the seventh, when he caught Blaine Hardy for four batters and then moved to second. He pitched to Miguel Sano in the eighth, and got him to ground out.

Romine topped out at 87 mph on the radar gun. He then moved to first base, his ninth position. Romine’s wife, mother and two sisters were on hand to witness the achievement. He joined Bert Campaneris, Cesar Tovar, Scott Sheldon and Halter in the exclusive group of players to have played every position in a game. — AP

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