Thursday, March 29, 2012

       Earlier this spring, Anthony Gose scored from second base on a dribbler to the mound against the Pirates. That's tough to imagine, I know, but, fortunately, I saw the rare feat with my own eyes. Stealing home against Jarrod Saltalamachia and the Red Sox? Please ... Salty tends to drive Boston fans crazy with his errant throws and slow rainbows back to the pitcher. Gose had already stolen second and third before stealing home on Thursday to beat the Red Sox, 3-2, and giving Toronto it's franchise-record 22nd win of the spring. Lefty Justin Thomas was on the mound -- righty Yan Gomes the hitter -- when Gose took off for home plate with two outs.
       "I never saw anybody steal second, third and home in the same inning in my career," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said at He is obviously exciting. He can take over on the base paths. He has a combination of pure speed, plus the ability to read some things. Just turn him loose. He's a pure base stealer." 

Anthony Gose scores from second base following a comebacker to the mound against the Pirates earlier this spring. On Thursday, he stole home to defeat the Red Sox, 3-2, at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Fla. Kevin Littlefield/Staff

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