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Eric Chavez's blunder

Eric Chavez rounds the bases after hitting a

Eric Chavez rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the Minnesota Twins during the seventh inning of a game at Target Field. (Sept. 24, 2012) Credit: Getty

MINNESOTA — CC Sabathia ran into trouble in the fifth, though not all of it of his making.

With runners on first and second and one out, Pedro Florimon bounced one to Eric Chavez at third, a potential double-play ball. But Chavez, thinking there were two outs, stepped on third and started walking off the field.

"I thanked their third- base coach [Steve Liddle]," Chavez smiled. "I told him, 'I'm glad you said something to me because I would have made it all the way to the dugout.' "

Sabathia got Denard Span to ground out to end the inning.

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