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Stealing home is a lost art in baseball, but don’t tell that to Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus.

Andrus stole home for the fifth time in his career Sunday in the Rangers 8-7 win over the Oakland A’s.

It happened in the bottom of the first. Andrus drilled a triple to right-centerfield to score Delino DeShields and tie the game at 1-1.

Two batters later, Nomar Mozara was hit by a pitch, putting runners on first and third.

A’s starter Brett Anderson, a lefty, tried to pick off Mazara but on his throw to first, Andrus took off for home.

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He scored easily, beating the throw from A’s first baseman Kendrys Morales.

Anderson threw over twice to first. Andrus watched him on the first attempt and saw that he was slow tossing over there — so when he did it again, Andrus took off.

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“Through my whole career, I’ve always wanted to do it, especially against a lefty that is really slow,” Andrus said. “He did it one time, and I started calling Mazara to try to get more, more, more, because I wanted (Anderson to throw over) again. I talked to (third-base coach Tony) Beasley and said, ‘If he does that again, I’m going to home plate.’ So he just told me, ‘Make sure you’re safe,'” Andrus said, according to

Andrus went 3 for 4 with 2 RBIs, including a home run.

Andrus now has the most steals of home among active players, according to the MLB.

But he has a long way to go to catch the all-time leader in stealing home, Ty Cobb. The Tigers Hall of Famer stole home 54 times in his career, according to Baseball Almanac.

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If you look at the rankings of players with the most steals of home, almost all played before 1970. The only post-1970s players in the list are Rod Carew with 14 and Paul Molitor with 10, according to Baseball Almanac.

Andrus, 30, has 275 career stolen bases, which is sixth among active players, according to Baseball Reference.

Rajai Davis (415), Jacoby Ellsbury (343), Dee Gordon (315), Hanley Ramirez (281) and Billy Hamilton (279) are the active players ahead of him.

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Dave is a lifelong sports fan who has been writing for The Wildcard since 2017. He has been a writer for more than 20 years for a variety of publications.
Dave has been writing about sports for The Wildcard since 2017. He's been a reporter and editor for over 20 years, covering everything from sports to financial news. In addition to writing for The Wildcard, Dave has covered mutual funds for Pensions and Investments, meetings and conventions, money market funds, personal finance, associations, and he currently covers financial regulations and the energy sector for Macallan Communications. He has won awards for both news and sports reporting.
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