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In the Open Thread last night Seamusfurr mentioned that Mike Lowell had pulled the hidden ball trick. Unfortunately I missed the game and in case you missed it too, here is a recap of the play.

as reported by

MIAMI (AP) -- Baserunners, beware. When you stop at third base against the Florida Marlins, don't let Mike Lowell out of your sight.

For the second time in less than a year, Lowell made a fool of an unsuspecting runner with the hidden-ball trick.

Just when Arizona's Luis Terrero thought it was safe to take a lead, Lowell caught him wandering off the bag in the eighth inning Wednesday night. The sleight of hand halted a Diamondbacks rally, and the Marlins went on to win in a rout, 10-5.


"I looked to first to see if Tony Clark was going to advance, then I looked at third base," Lowell said. "Both guys had their heads down so I just held onto the ball to see what would happen."

Despite the absence of any signal from Lowell, Jones -- who said he hadn't seen the play since 1986, when he was in high school -- understood what his teammate was up to.

"When I didn't get the ball, I figured it out by the process of elimination," Jones said. "I just walked around and tried to stall. I was running out of things to do. I was going to touch my toes."

Just as Jones was getting ready to give up the charade, Terrero took his lead off third base. Lowell sauntered over and tagged the stunned baserunner, who was immediately called out by third base umpire Ed Rapuano, drawing a roar of approval from the crowd of 20,443.

"It was the coolest thing I've done on the field in a while," said Jones, who singled in the bottom half of the inning for his fourth career hit -- his first since July 27, 1995.

Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin came out of the dugout to argue the call, to no avail.

Too Cool.