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Everyone said that Mark Buehrle's(notes) terrific tumble on opening day was unlikely to be topped this season, but that didn't prevent Pittsburgh's Paul Maholm(notes) from trying on Tuesday night.

Holding a two-run lead over the Giants in the third inning, the Pirates left-hander fielded a slow chop from Aubrey Huff(notes), immediately went into a side barrel roll and flipped the ball out of his glove to first baseman Jeff Clement(notes). Huff was easily out by a few steps. 

You can watch the play here and see a shot-by-shot screencap below:

I still think Buehrle's putout is tops — his between-the-legs play was a little smoother and had the added difficulty of crossing the baseline in traffic — but there's no doubt that Maholm's effort in Pittsburgh's 6-5 win earned a spot on the year-end highlight reel.   

According to one of Maholm's tweets after the game, it's likely to be his sole contribution:

"Great win for the buccos tonight. It was a battle for me tonight but team won so it's awesome. Don't expect that defense (out) of me often ha!"

Also, @maholm28 answered a question for those of you who have ever wondered if baseball players tune into the postgame shows to see their own web gems:

"Can someone please tell the espn crew how to say my name it's not mahallum." 

Maholm and Garrett Jones(notes) — who made this play — must have been watching together.

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