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Ben Zobrist literally uses his head to corral Dayan Viciedo’s grounder (Video)

Mark Townsend
Big League Stew

Friday night was quite the crazy night in Major League Baseball.

On the east coast, we had a no-hitter from Reds right-hander Homer Bailey, which established a new modern record with seven no-no's in one season and also guaranteed the Pirates wouldn't have winning season for the 20th consecutive year.

[More: Homer Bailey's no-hitter ties record]

On the west coast, Darwin Barney's 141-game errorless streak ended just three outs before he could establish a new Major League record. And in Toronto, we had a crazy play that saw Blue Jays starting pitcher Chad Jenkins' get his glove knocked off by a line drive, only for to catch the glove with the ball in it to record the out.

Like I said, it was a crazy night, and lost in all of that was another unique play by Tampa Bay Rays shortshop Ben Zobrist that saw him utilizing several parts of his upper body, including his head, to corral Dayan Viciedo's hard hit grounder and record the out.

After reviewing both plays several times (because what else is there to do on Friday night?) I don't think it would top Jenkins' play on the crazy scale, but the concentration was obviously impressive, as was the overall creativity. On a normal day, it would have stood out a lot more.

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But since it wasn't a normal day, it didn't. And since Zobrist didn't get any help from his teammates with the bat — his first inning accounted for Tampa Bay's only run — the Rays dropped a tough one 3-1 to the White Sox.  That puts them five games back in the division and three back in the wild card, meaning they'll be forced to pull a few more tricks out of their hat to play beyond Wednesday.

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