The Derek Jeter farewell gifts start out with boots and a hat

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I feel like the Texas teams have it way easier than a lot of other teams when it comes to giving gifts to retiring legends. Texas’ history and culture just give it far more unique-to-Texas symbols amenable to gift-giving than, say, Cleveland has. Someone needs a gift? Ah, heck, just give ’em boots and a hat:

Which has to sort of stink for the Rangers. The best idea was taken by the Astros.

I suppose a box of steaks will do. Assuming Kansas City doesn’t scoop them on that.

The Mariners turned an odd triple play with the help of Evan Gattis

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Astros DH Evan Gattis unwittingly helped the Mariners complete a triple play in the fourth inning of Thursday afternoon’s game at Safeco Field. The Astros put runners on first and second on consecutive singles by Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa, bringing Gattis to the plate.

Gattis check-swung at a first-pitch curve from Marco Gonzales, hitting a grounder to third base. Kyle Seager stepped on the third base bag and then threw to second base for the second out. There was not nearly enough time for Robinson Cano to get the throw to first base to complete a triple play. Gattis ostensibly lost track of the number of outs in the inning, so he just circled back to the dugout and the Mariners completed their triple play since Gattis went out of the baseline.

That’s the first triple play of the 2018 season. It’s the Mariners’ first triple play since July 26, 2015 against the Blue Jays.