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Youkilis makes history

Youkilis makes history

OAKLAND -- There was a rare sight in the Red Sox's clubhouse following Wednesday's 5-0 victory over the A's.

There was first base, actually placed on a table in the middle of a swarm of lockers. Teammates walked by one by one and signed it.

This is what happens when history is made. Fittingly, the game ended on a ground ball to Kevin Youkilis, who stepped on first to end the game.

Youkilis was the history-maker, surpassing Steve Garvey and setting a Major League record by playing consecutive game No. 194 at first base without an error.

That first-base bag, which the Oakland grounds crew was more than happy to unhinge, will find a prominent place in the Youkilis household.

The baseball that Youkilis gloved for out No. 27 on Wednesday? That is going to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.

Meanwhile, Red Sox clubhouse manager Joe Cochran tucked away the lineup card and put it in a traveling storage cabinet for safe keeping.

"I thank the Oakland A's for giving me the base just as a memory to keep around the house and something cool to have in the collection," said Youkilis. "It's a great thing just to have that to put in the house, put it on display. It's an achievement that you never set out to do, but it happened, and it's great to have."

Youkilis has carried the streak into parts of three seasons. It started on July 5, 2006, and will continue to Toronto, where the Red Sox will play a three-game series this weekend.

"That was unbelievable," said Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia. "That's awesome, 194 games; that's unbelievable. It's awesome playing next to him. He fields everything. He's like a vacuum."

Youkilis has run the gamut during the streak, making all the routine plays and also a wide variety of plays that were either spectacular or aggressive.

"I think it gives us a chance to brag on him a little bit," said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. "He's done a good job. He's worked hard and I enjoy getting a chance to brag about our guys. I do that all the time. I hope there's a lot of other things that happen like that where I can talk about it."

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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