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Sam Fuld Misses The Cycle, Becomes Trivia Answer

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Question: Who is the only diabetic New Hampshirite to ever finish a game one hit shy of the cycle?

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Answer: The Rays' own Sam Fuld.

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Fuld finished last night's game against the Red Sox with two doubles, a triple, and a homerun. He could have merely stayed at first on his ninth inning hit, but instead of putting the cycle above everything else, Fuld rushed past first base and got his second double of the night.

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Believe it or not, missing the cycle by a single isn't all that rare an occurrence. In 2008, three players accomplished the feat by the middle of July: Dustin Pedroia, Adrian Gonzalez, and Eric Hinske. It normally happens around five times a season, and in recent years it's happened as often as 10-11 times a year. In total, there are 285 players since 1956 that have accomplished this feat, which is a lot more than I was expecting to find.

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So while Sam Fuld's accomplishment Monday night may not be rare, it's still certainly exciting and impressive. Considering Fuld was considered the Rays' fourth or fifth outfielder entering the season, he's quickly making a name for himself.

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Photographs by cstreet.us, thelastminute, turtlemom nancy , fesek, kthypryn, justinwright, sue_elias, pointnshoot, and scrapstothefuture used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.