MINNEAPOLIS Pedro Florimon made things look easy on Monday night as he patrolled shortstop for the Minnesota Twins.
The 25-year-old Florimon, playing in just his 26th career big league game, turned in a pair of nifty defensive plays in Minnesota's 7-2 win over visiting Cleveland. The first of the two ended the top of the sixth inning as Florimon chased down a ground ball deep in the hole at shortstop, backhanded it and fired a low throw to first to retire Russ Canzler for the third out.
One inning later, Florimon again flashed the leather -- well, sort of. He actually didn't need his glove at all as he made a barehanded play on a slow roller off the bat of Casey Kotchman to get the out at first. Back-to-back batters, back-to-back highlight reel plays on defense by Florimon.
"Florimon had one hell of a day out there," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He was all over the place."
Both plays were impressive, but when asked which play was tougher, Florimon said the barehanded pla...