Troy Tulowitzki dazzles at the plate and in the field in his second Cactus League game

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Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki was eased into activities this spring after undergoing season-ending surgery last August to repair a torn labrum in his left hip. But he made his 2015 Cactus League debut on Monday and then truly made his presence felt in his second Cactus League game on Wednesday …

Tulo hit his first spring homer off Mariners starter Erasmo Ramirez in the top of the first inning …

And then he robbed Kyle Seager of a hit with this leaping grab in the bottom of the first …

Tulowitzki also drew a walk in the top of the fourth before getting subbed out of the game in the fifth. The 30-year-old has averaged just 88 games over the last three seasons, but he looks to be 100 percent heading into 2015. Tulo was batting .340/.432/.603 with 21 home runs in 91 games last year before the hip injury and probably would have challenged Clayton Kershaw for National League MVP if his health cooperated.

Video: Edwin Encarnación grounds into 5-4-3 triple play

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The Yankees threatened early against the Twins in the top of the first inning of Monday night’s game in Minnesota. DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Judge drew leadoff walks Martín Pérez, bringing up slugger Edwin Encarnación. Encarnación battled Pérez, ultimately rolling over on the ninth pitch, a change-up. Third baseman Luis Arraez gobbled it up and stepped on the third base bag, then fired to Jonathan Schoop at second base for the second out. Schoop got the ball over to Miguel Sanó at first base just in time to complete the 5-4-3 triple play.

It’s the second triple play turned this year, as the White Sox also accomplished a 5-4-3 double play on May 22 against the Astros. The Twins’ last triple play occurred on June 1, 2017 against the Angels, also a 5-4-3 triple-killing.

The Yankees were eventually able to generate some offense in the third inning on a Gio Urshela solo homer and an RBI single from Encarnación. It’s a 2-2 game as this gets published.