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John Ryan Murphy singles twice with a little help from his friends, second and third base

Heading into Thursday's Orioles-Yankees matchup, John Ryan Murphy was hitting .247. In other words, he was getting a hit in about one quarter of his at-bats. So Murphy, like any MLB batter would be, was grateful for any help that might come his way.

Even if it meant playing pinball with the bases.

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In the first inning, Murphy softly grounded a pitch down the third-base line -- and we mean down the third-base line, so much so that Manny Machado watched to see if it would roll foul -- before bonking the base and popping up as a fair ball. Murphy's first hit of the game.

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For his second hit of the game in the third inning, Murphy lined a ball into right field without, as far as we know, any help from a base. But in the fifth, Murphy shot a pitch from Bud Norris back up the middle, where it ricocheted off second base and over the fielders' heads. Murphy's third hit of the game.

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All told, Murphy went 3-for-4 and the Yanks won, 9-3. Hopefully he wrote those bases a heartfelt thank you card after the game.