Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier has a reputation for being solid defensivley. He made a spectacular leaping grab last year to rob Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie. And the play he made during the fifth inning of Wednesday night's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers did nothing to alter that rep. In fact, it enhanced it.
With L.A. up 2-1 and one out, Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez hit a hard grounder to Joe Mauer that took a bad hop and nearly hit the 2009 American League MVP in the face. (Thank goodness he wasn't wearing glasses!) The ball scooted behind Mauer — and that's when Dozier swooped into action. The infielder seemingly came out of nowhere to flip the ball with his glove (while stumbling) to starting pitcher Kyle Gibson, who was covering first. Gibson almost had his pitching hand stepped on by Gonzalez — but finished the play for the out. Alas, it wasn't enough as the Dodgers won 6-4 to pick up franchise victory No. 10,000.
Between the legs … twice
Moving to the Stanley Cup playoffs, New York Rangers wing Mats Zuccarello found Daniel Carcillo for one of the prettiest assists you'll ever see. The backhand pass slid underneath not one, but two, Philadelphia Flyers. New York won Game 7 2-1 to take the series.
And if it wasn't the guy getting denied a kiss by his lady friend, it was the Toronto Raptors escaping Game 5 against the Brooklyn Nets 115-113 in spite of a near goaltend in the closing seconds.
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