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Updated: September 4th, 2013 9:23am
Darin Mastroianni swaps belts with a reliever after catch during game

Darin Mastroianni swaps belts with a reliever after catch during game

by Derek Wetmore
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What it may have lacked in national TV interest, Tuesday's Astros-Twins game made up for with novelty.

Playing in front of a not-so-packed house at Minute Maid Park in Houston, the Twins won in 12 innings after blowing a three-run lead in the ninth.

(This tweet from Star Tribune beat reporter Phil Miller illustrates the attendance to a midweek game between two teams long since out of playoff contention.)

But one of the lighter-side moments of the game came immediately following a diving catch from Twins outfielder Darin Mastroianni. He raced into the left-center field gap to make a sprawling catch. In the process, he appeared to break his belt.

What to do?

The route had taken him near the Twins bullpen, so, naturally, the nearest reliever jumped up and unfastened his own belt to trade with Mastroianni.

The moment was captured by @cjzero and posted on Twitter. Here it is:

Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for His previous stops include and the Minnesota Daily.
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