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With a leap, Franklin Gutierrez denies Vladimir Guerrero of homer

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Everybody be cool — this is a robbery!

No matter how many home runs Vladimir Guerrero(notes) finishes with in his career — he could get 500 or more — the total will be lower by one thanks to Franklin Gutierrez(notes).

Gutierrez, who has yet to win a Gold Glove but is otherwise regarded as one of the game's top outfielders, added a golden moment to his personal highlight reel by robbing Guerrero of what would have been his 429th career homer Wednesday night at Safeco Field.

With the Seattle Mariners leading by two runs in the fifth inning, Guerrero ripped a pitch by Doug Fister(notes) deep to center. Gutierrez tracked it cooly, jumped at the fence, braced himself and pulled the ball back safely.

Watch Franklin G go to work

It's not quite as cool as the catch we showed you yesterday. But it's still a big-time grab.

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Considering how the Mariners season has gone, it figures that, two batters later, David Murphy(notes) would hit a ball where nobody on the M's could get it — for a go-ahead three-run homer. And the Texas Rangers went on to win 11-6.

But Seattle can take solace that, no matter how miserable their season has been, they still have Gutierrez in center.


"He's a tremendous center fielder," Fister said. "It's a blessing to have him out there and for him to make those kinds of plays is tremendous."

Just sprinkle a few more like him throughout the lineup and the M's will be in business.

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