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Rays miss out on double play when ball blasts through Jeff Keppinger’s glove (Video)

Kevin Kaduk
Big League Stew

The Tampa Bay Rays' 5-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals didn't come without a bit of comic relief on Monday night. Here's Rays first baseman Jeff Keppinger falling victim to the league's latest glove malfunction at one of the worst possible times.

Yep, that's about one of the cleanest passes you'll ever see. Keppinger was playing first for only the 18th time in his eight-season career and his leather leakage left him confused.

[Related: Rays score franchise-record 37 runs in four-game sweep of Angels]

From the Tampa Bay Times:

"I just broke it," Keppinger said. "I know (Royals first baseman Eric) Hosmer got on base later in the game and he's like, 'Man, that happens to me every two weeks, so be prepared for it to happen again.' "

Keppinger, who said it had never happened to him before, had to scramble, first borrowing Ben Zobrist's outfield glove then Luke Scott's before his got stitched up.

If you believe in universal balance, it was restored later in the inning when Keppinger cleanly gloved the end of a 5-4-3 double play that closed the Royals' half of the inning without any runs being scored.

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