Ty Wigginton embraced a pair of firsts on Thursday, when he played shortstop for the first time in his career and delivered Baltimore’s first pinch-hit of the season.
Wigginton hit for Robert Andino in the sixth inning and delivered a two-run double, breaking an 0-for-16 pinch-hit streak for the team. Wigginton took Andino’s spot on defense and made a charging play in which he threw out speedster Brett Gardner in the sixth.
Baltimore’s starting shortstop, Cesar Izturis, is still bothered by a strained left groin. That left Andino — and then Wigginton — as the team’s only choices to man the position.