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Starlin Castro’s circus catch highlights Cubs win

Kevin Kaduk
Big League Stew

Starlin Castro's defense at shortstop thus far can be best described as "adventurous." On one hand, the young Chicago Cub has 12 errors this season, the second-most at the position. On the other, he owns the type of athleticism that gives him a range good enough for the fourth-best UZR (4.6) for any shortstop in the game. His, uh, unorthodox style also gives him the ability to make plays like this one from Tuesday's 2-1 win over the Chicago White Sox.

Castro's catch came off an Alejandro De Aza bloop in the fifth inning and was an important one, given the final one-run margin of the Travis Wood-Jake Peavy pitching faceoff.

Castro said afterward that he had no idea how he made the catch, let alone stayed on his feet after reeling in the baseball.

"I don't know," Castro told reporters. "The ball jumped in my glove and I saw it and I had it in my hand. Unbelievable. I don't know how. It's like I flipped it to my other hand. It happened quick. It's a nice play."

From the look on his face, Cubs left fielder Tony Campana agreed. 

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Astro as in 'out of this world.' (AP)

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