Duncan all smiles after highlight-reel game

Duncan all smiles after highlight-reel game

ARLINGTON -- All left fielder Shelley Duncan could do after Wednesday night's three spectacular catches in a row was smile about it in pregame interviews Thursday.

Duncan said that it was weird to have three balls hit to the same spot with almost the same degree of difficulty. The first two in the bottom of the first took hits away from Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus and left fielder Josh Hamilton. The third one to start the bottom of the second was off the bat of designated hitter Michael Young.

All of them were caught right in front of the out-of-town scoreboard in straightaway left field, the last two of which caused Duncan to crash against the wall. Duncan said it's something that hasn't happened to him often.

"Hardly ever," Duncan said. "There have been a lot of games lately where I haven't had a ball hit to me."

Duncan said the best catch came against Hamilton, a towering shot that looked for sure like it would hit off the wall. Hamilton hit a grand slam later in the game in the fourth inning almost in the same spot.

"I hit the wall pretty hard on that one," Duncan said. "That was the most fun one."