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Yasiel Puig flies out to right, pimps it like a home run (GIF)

Yasiel Puig may be the new version of Manny Being Manny.

Yasiel Puig celebratingThis dude gave us yet another unforgettable moment on Tuesday night.

The Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants were in extra innings at AT&T Park and Puig was batting with one out, Hanley Ramirez on second, and the game tied at 2. Puig connected with a Yusmeiro Petit pitch and thought he had blasted a tie-breaking 2-run home run to right, so he began celebrating appropriately.

Unfortunately, it takes one heck of a shot to get it out to right field at AT&T Park, and Puig’s ball was caught for the second out, though Ramirez tagged up and went to third. Andre Ethier made the final out of the inning and the Giants went on to win the game in the bottom of the inning.

But at least in his mind, Puig had the game-winning home run. Or maybe he thought he hit it well and then didn’t run it out once he realized it would be an out.

If you liked that, you’ll love this GIF from the NLCS last year when Puig pimped a triple.

GIF via @carmenkiew

Mike Napoli’s finger dislocated after dive and looked gross

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Mike Napoli left Tuesday’s Boston Red Sox game against the White Sox in Chicago in the ninth inning after dislocating his finger on a head-first dive into second base, and let me tell you, his finger looked pretty gross.

Napoli walked with one out in the inning and was trying to advance to second on a wild pitch and made it safely, though his finger did not. Dustin Pedroia came in to pinch run for him.

Though Napoli dislocated his finger, doctors re-set it and confirmed it was not broken. Scott Lauber says the team has not ruled Napoli out for Wednesday:

The Sox are already without Shane Octoberino and Will Middlebrooks, and Pedroia has a wrist injury. The last thing they need is Napoli out.

If Napoli does miss time, he’ll join Yasiel Puig and Josh Hamilton on the list of stars who have hurt themselves diving into bases this season.

Empire State Building lit Dodgers blue in honor of Jackie Robinson Day (Photo)

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Each year on April 15, Major League Baseball remembers and celebrates the life and impact of Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson.

The New York Yankees had a ceremony planned to honor both Robinson and Nelson Mandela on Tuesday that was to be attended by Robinson’s widow Rachel and daughter Sharon. Unfortunately, rain forced the postponement of the Yankees’ against the Chicago Cubs and pushed the events to Wednesday.

A tribute that did go on as planned in New York on Tuesday was the tower of the iconic Empire State Building being lit in blue and white in honor of the former Brooklyn Dodgers great.

Curtis Granderson wears ‘Thank You Jackie’ cleats on Jackie Robinson Day (Photo)

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Jackie Robinson Day is among the more special dates on Major League Baseball’s calendar.

Each player wearing uniform No. 42 has become synonymous with April 15. So have special patches on the sleeves of jerseys and ceremonies held at ballparks across the country.

On the day set aside to celebrate the life and legacy of Jackie Robinson, many players honor the man who broke baseball’s color barrier in their own way. Curtis Granderson of the New York Mets is among them.

Granderson, who left Monday’s game early after colliding with the outfield wall, is not in the team’s lineup on Tuesday. He will, however, be wearing the above pictured shoes with a message that will be a shared sentiment throughout the day.

Photo via Twitter/MarcCarig

Brett Anderson shares X-ray of finger he broke while batting

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Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Brett Anderson has landed on the disabled list with a broken finger. He broke the index finger on his left hand while swinging at a pitch over the weekend. And for those of you who didn’t believe he is actually hurt, Anderson shared a photo of his X-ray on Instagram.

We have seen a number of pitchers injure themselves while batting over the years, which is one of the reasons many feel the National League should adopt the designated hitter. Don’t expect Anderson to be taking many full swings when he returns from the DL. The Rockies need the lefthander in their starting rotation.

H/T Eye on Baseball

Travis Snider hit in face by pop fly (Video)

Travis-Snider-pop-fly-to-facePittsbirgh Pirates outfielder Travis Snider had a scary moment in the fourth inning of Monday night’s game against the Cincinnati Reds when a pop fly hit him right in the face. Reds third baseman Todd Frazier hit a fly ball down the right field line and Snider tried to go into a slide to make the catch. His glove missed the ball.

Fortunately, Snider ended up being fine. It was initially ruled that the ball was foul, but Cincinnati called for the play to be reviewed. To add insult to injury (literally), replays showed that the ball actually hit Snider’s face in fair territory. Frazier was awarded a ground-rule double.

Reds manager Bryan Price admitted that the ball hitting Snider in the face gave him time to determine if he should challenge the play.

“That was an interesting thing,” Price said, per MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon. “The ball was down the line, and we can’t see him there. As soon as it happens, Homer [Bailey, Reds starter] popped his head up and said, ‘You guys might want to take a look at that.’ Of course, we’re figuring they’re rushing out there to check on the outfielder, so we’re going to have all sorts of time.”

We know Snider is capable of making mind-boggling plays, because we have seen him do it in the past. Sometimes the ball just gets the best of you.

H/T Big League Stew

Report: Dustin Pedroia could have serious wrist injury

Andre-Ethier-Pranks-Dustin-PedroiaThe defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox are currently in last place in the AL East, and the ineffectiveness of Dustin Pedroia is one reason why. Pedroia injured his wrist sliding sliding into second base during Boston’s home opener against the Milwaukee Brewers on April 4. He has played through the injury, albeit not very well.

On Sunday night, Pedroia was scratched from the Red Sox lineup against the New York Yankees and sent back to Boston early. According to Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe, the team fears the wrist injury could be serious.

“He went down to hit early [Sunday] and the soreness continues to persist and probably gain in intensity,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “I think there’s probably a direct correlation to what we’ve seen at the plate.”

Pedroia has just five hits in his last 36 plate appearances. He has driven in just one run this season and is hitting .236. He has a history of thumb issues that he has been able to play through for the most part.

If Pedroia is seriously injured, it would obviously benefit the Red Sox to address the situation sooner rather than later. He’s much better off having a procedure done in mid-April than he would be after the All-Star break.