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Kevin Youkilis of the White Sox races past Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks after he noticed no one was covering third on an infield shift at Fenway Park on July 17, 2012.
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Kevin Youkilis of the White Sox races past Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks after he noticed no one was covering third on an infield shift at Fenway Park on July 17, 2012.

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what's happening in the shot.

Who’s up today: Kevin Youkilis of the White Sox races past Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks after he noticed no one was covering third on an infield shift at Fenway Park on July 17, 2012. Youkilis later scored on an error.

Middlebrooks: “One of those in-between balls that just happen. I was still moving toward second and he was rounding it and I had to try and catch him. He was saying, ‘Come on, Will.’ It was just a good baseball play by Youk in taking advantage of the shift. Afterward, I looked over at the dugout and he was just laughing. Unfortunately, we gave up a run. I talked to him later on and he’s like, ‘I’ve got to show you I’ve still got wheels.’ ”

Youkilis: “He went to go cover second base and I saw him standing there and just took off. You just go on your own. He knew he was beat, he was just trying to get back. He fell down, he had no chance. I’m not old, I’m 33.”