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Rajai Davis nabs great catch with excellent leap and even better timing (Video)

Kevin Kaduk
Big League Stew

Toronto's Rajai Davis recorded five RBIs in the Blue Jays' 10-7 victory over the New York Yankees on Sunday. But the speedy outfielder's career-high total took a back seat to his offering for defensive play of the year honors when Davis scaled the wall with impressive timing to rob Casey McGehee of a possible home run in the seventh inning.  Our pals at Yahoo! Sports Minute have an impressive breakdown of the impressive play above.

What was particularly cool about the play is that it was a situation that the 5-foot-9 Davis had been playing through in his head ever since he took a look at the 10-foot Rogers Centre wall and thought it might be possible:

From MLB.com:

"It's something that [hitting coach Dwayne Murphy] and I talked about earlier in the year," Davis said. "We talked about planting the leg, getting up over the wall. But it takes a perfect ball to be able to time that right, and then the ball coming down, it takes perfect timing."

Davis' purposeful stride toward the fence actually allowed McGehee to experience a quick moment of elation over what would have been his second home run for the Yankees. But it disappeared just as quickly as it arrived as Davis began his successful climb.

''When I saw him turn his back I thought he gave up on it,'' McGehee said. ''Little did I know he was just timing it up ...  I guess I've got to hit it a few feet farther next time."

Davis has two more grabs before he equals Mike Trout's amazing total of three home run robberies this season. But he definitely guaranteed himself a place on the season-end reel of 2012's greatest defensive plays.

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