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Who’s on first?

05.14.09 at 3:13 pm ET
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Gil Velazquez is still with the Red Sox. Jeff Bailey is still the Red Sox’ starting first baseman. And Chris Carter is, as far as we know, still waiting by the phone somewhere in the Anaheim area just in case anything changes.

What does it all mean? Well, it all adds up to Nick Green dusting off the first baseman glove he got a few years back.

Green has played exactly one inning at first base as a major leaguer, and it was that lone frame — coming with the Yankees in a game against the Red Sox in 2006 — which served as the very first time in the infielder’s life that he played the position.

Green entered the game in the ninth inning with New York holding a 14-10 lead. He had two chances, a pop up off the bat of Mark Loretta, and then a Wily Mo Pena grounder which he fielded and flipped to Mariano Rivera for the final out of the game.

“First pitch was a fly ball to me,” Green remembered. “Got a fly ball and a ground ball. (Jason) Giambi had to come out for some reason so they asked me if I could play first and then just threw me out there. The thing I learned from that experience is that I can catch it and throw it, but as long as I’m aware of where I am on the field I should be alright.”

Green had used Andy Phillips’ glove that day, but decided to get his own first baseman’s mitt after the experience. Unfortunately for the utility infielder his first-ever specialty glove was stolen just as he was getting used to it, forcing him to break in the one he currently possesses. As far as actually using it, Green credits his work with former Red Sox manager Jimy Williams even before making that Aug. 18, 2006 appearance at Fenway Park.

(That, by the way, was the same day Jon Lester experienced a Storrow Drive car crash, which led him to the examination that revealed he had cancer.)

It wasn’t the first time Green was thrust into playing a new position for the first time. Back on Aug. 15, 2004, while playing with the Atlanta Braves, Green got his first introduction to being an outfielder when he came on for J.D. Drew. In that one inning he had to borrow Drew’s outfielder’s glove.

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