Omar Vizquel plays left field and first base

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Exactly what the Jays signed him to do, right?

Omar Vizquel “played” left field for the first time in his 24-year career and them moved to first base in Thursday’s opener against the Indians.

Except, in reality, Vizquel never set foot in left. He was brought in as a fifth infielder with the bases loaded and one out in the 12th inning, replacing left fielder Eric Thames. The manuver worked for the Jays, as Michael Brantley hit a grounder fielded by Yunel Escobar that was turned into an inning-ending double play.

Vizquel then moved to first base to begin the 13th inning. It was his second ever appearance there, following a three-inning stint there with the White Sox last year.

Technically, Vizquel will also be credited with two-thirds of an inning in left. It was his second ever appearance in the outfield. He played one inning in right field for the Indians in 1999.

Blue Jays acquire Gift Ngoepe from the Pirates

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MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm reports that the Blue Jays have acquired infielder Gift Ngoepe from the Pirates in exchange for cash considerations.

Ngoepe, 27, made his major league debut this past season. Overall, he hit .222/.323/.296 in 63 plate appearances. He mostly played second base, but also spent time at shortstop and third base.

Ngoepe is from South Africa. When he debuted on April 26, he became the second African-born player to play in the majors along with Al Cabrera of the 1913 Cardinals. He had spent parts of eight seasons in the minors prior to 2017.

In case you’re wondering, Ngoepe is pronounced “in-go-pay.”