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First baseman Chris Gimenez pitched in relief, then hit a homer while technically listed as a pitcher

Position players pitching. It's all the rage, as teams across MLB have done this so much this season there's already a new single-season record, set a month ago. It's undeniably a thing

On Sunday, the Twins lost a tough game to the Rangers, 18-4. Even with the roster having expanded on Saturday, Twins manager Paul Molitor opted not to spend another relief arm in the eighth inning, opting instead to let first baseman/catcher Chris Gimenez (making his 11th career appearance out of the bullpen) handle it. 

He allowed five runs in his inning of work, but he did also record a strikeout:

The real fun happened in the top of the ninth. Gimenez hit a homer for his first hit with Minnesota, but did so as a pitcher.

That's how he was announced and listed in the box score, after all ...

If you're curious, the most recent home run struck by a Twins pitcher came on May 14, 1972, off the bat of Jim Kaat.

Thanks to his exploits on Sunday, Gimenez -- a position-player-pitcher-hitter clobbering a homer under an unusual context -- now has his own place in Minnesota franchise history, if you think about it.

Fun stuff, right Chris?

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