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  • Avisail Garcia robs Chris Davis of game-tying HR with incredible catch

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew10 hrs ago

    Holy cow! Chicago White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia made perhaps the defensive play of the year on Saturday, robbing Baltimore's Chris Davis of a game-tying home run with a sensational leaping catch in the ninth inning.

    After blowing a two-run lead and Jeff Samardzija's chance at a victory in the top of the eighth inning, the White Sox had regained the lead in the bottom half on pinch-hitter J.B. Shuck's RBI double. That set the stage for what momentarily felt like heartbreak again for White Sox fans, as Davis teed off against closer David Robertson.

    As the baseball soared off the bat, everybody in the ballpark and watching at home anticipated the baseball landing in or perhaps clearing the Orioles bullpen in right field. Even those not watching would have anticipated the same thing based on the sound of the bat, the initial silence of Hawk Harrelson, and then his disgruntled tone as he finally described the action. 

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    Sun, Jul 5
    2:10 PM EDT
    Baltimore at Chi White Sox
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  • Trevor Bauer mimics teammates batting stances during rare plate appearance

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew11 hrs ago

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    We're not going out on a limb when we say Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer seems like a fun guy to have in the clubhouse.

    Between his unique warm up routine, his desire to fly drones around spring training and his antics wearing boxing gloves during a game against the Kansas City Royals — who were recently in multiple altercations — he at least knows how to keep things interesting.

    Such was the case again on Friday night, when Bauer used a rare plate appearance in a National League park to mimic some of his teammates batting stances.

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    Let us repeat that again so it sinks in. Bauer used a plate appearance during a regular season game to mimic, and therefore amuse his teammates by copying their batting stances.

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    Sun, Jul 5
    1:35 PM EDT
    Cleveland at Pittsburgh
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  • Alert fan catches flying bat in Washington, gets a kiss for his efforts

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew1 day ago

    We've already had our fill of scary flying bat incidents this season. That's why everybody watching cringed and held their breath on Friday night when San Francisco Giants pitcher Jake Peavy lost his grip and sent his bat barreling into the stands at Nationals Park.

    Fortunately, when the camera quickly panned to the crowd, all we saw was a fan celebrating perhaps the biggest catch of his life.

    Catching a bat > catching a ball. http://t.co/oQgNOjz9uq pic.twitter.com/dNtdOmyWyc

    That man here is a hero, and to the hero go the spoils.

    So smooth. So casual. Well done, our man. She won't soon forget that one.  

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