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  • Mike Trout pulls off slick stolen base with acrobatic slide

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew7 hrs ago

    Within the realm of baseball, there's nothing the athletically-gifted and multi-talented Mike Trout can't do.

    He's a five-tool player, with speed, power, an ability to hit for average, a rocket for a right arm and defensive skills matched by very few in the game today.

    But his game is about more than just those measurable tools. He has instincts that allow him to make some of the most difficult plays you'll see look routine, and an ability to adjust during an at-bat to gain the upper hand.

    In fact, as we learned on Friday, he even has the instincts and ability to react and adjust in the middle of a slide, which allowed him to pull off perhaps the steal of the season in Boston.

    Here's another look: 

    .@MikeTrout is one slippery fish.

    After driving in the go-ahead runs with a single followed by a Red Sox error, Trout aimed to keep the pressure on by stealing third. Catcher Blake Swihart had him dead to rights with a great throw, but Trout was able to use the old swim move to avoid the initial tag attempt. 

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