Cincinnati Reds pitcher Homer Bailey has accomplished a few things over the past year. Last September, he threw his first career no-hitter. Then, he did it again two months ago. Now, you can add amazing reflexes to his arsenal.
With the Reds and St. Louis Cardinals knotted in a scoreless tie in the second inning Tuesday, Bailey threw an 80 MPH pitch to Cards catcher Yadier Molina. The NL MVP candidate hit a line drive right back in the direction of Bailey's head. The right-hander thankfully was able to put his glove up in time to snag the ball and breathe a sigh of relief. But it was his quick thinking that was truly impressive. The Reds eventually won 1-0, with Bailey picking up the victory.
In other NL Central action, the Pittsburgh Pirates clinched the franchise's first non-losing season since 1992 with a 4-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.
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Moving to U.S. Open tennis, top-seeded Serena Williams blanked Carla Suarez Navarro 6-0, 6-0 in the first "double-bagel" quarterfinal match at Flushing Meadows since 1989, when Martina Navratilova did it to Manuela Maleeva.
And the Phoenix Suns released Michael Beasley. The former No. 2 overall pick was recently arrested for marijuana possession.