Ramón Laureano torments Angels again, robs Anthony Rendon homer

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Laureano torments Angels once again, robs Rendon homer originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

Ramón Laureano was taking over Mike Trout’s usual territory at Angel Stadium in more ways than one.

The Athletics center fielder absolutely saved reliever Jake Diekman by robbing a home run off the bat of Anthony Rendon in the bottom of the seventh inning of Friday night’s 8-4 win over the Los Angeles Angels.

And it was a beauty.

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Laureano's done this before. Last season against the Angels, he remained a thorn in the team's side with a home run and more miraculous catches.

It’s also reminiscent of the time he robbed Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto of a home run during Mike Fiers’ no-hitter in 2019. He got a nice watch as a thank you.

It’s not surprising, however, for someone like Laureano.

Laureano recently was dubbed a game-changer by teammate Matt Chapman, who knows a thing or two about changing the game. 

“Ramón as a teammate -- pretty much what you see on TV,” A’s third baseman Matt Chapman said on Wednesday. “Ramón’s got one speed -- everything you see on TV is Ramón. All in, he’s all in. A lot of passion, a lot of energy, but he’s a good guy. He loves to talk the game, Ramón can talk baseball 24/7, Ramón eats, sleeps, breathes baseball and that’s the kind of guy you want to have on your team.”

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Oh, and Laureano was 4-for-4 on the night with a home run to now lead the team overall with 11. 

If you saw it on TV, you’d agree Laureano’s basically a human highlight reel.