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Eric Hosmer redefines the Baltimore chop with infield double (Video)

Mark Townsend
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Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer has been searching for a slump busting hit pretty much since opening day. He may have finally found it in the seventh inning on Saturday when he delivered a ringing double down the left field line against Baltimore Orioles side-arming reliever Darren O'Day.

Well, at least that's how the boxscore will describe it. The reality is Hosmer put a feeble swing on O'Day's 0-1 sinker, chopping it very softly down the third base line. After about twenty feet the ball began a slow roll, hugging the line the whole way before settling right on the chalk less than ten feet from the bag.

All the while this was happening, the 6-foot-4, 230 pound Hosmer was on the move, hesitating only slightly as he rounded first, before cruising into second base with an extremely rare infield double.

"I crushed that thing," Hosmer joked. "It's one of those things where you hit it and you're just running out of the box hoping it stays fair."

Stay fair it did. And one then batter later, Hosmer's hustle paid off when Humberto Quintero hit a more conventional double, but one that likely would not have scored Hosmer from first base since Orioles left fielder Xavier Avery cut the ball off in the corner. But as it was, he was able to cross the plate easily with the game-tying run.

It should also be noted that the unconventional double was actually Hosmer's second hit of the afternoon. One inning later, he collected his third — this time singling home Mike Moustakas with what proved to be the game-winning run in the Royals 4-3 victory.

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