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Josh Harrison escapes pickle with incredible moves (Video)

Josh Harrison pickleJosh Harrison pulled out some Houdini-type magic on Friday night when he somehow got out of pickle with some incredible baserunning moves against the Mets.

After singling and stealing second in the bottom of the 10th, Harrison was caught in a rundown after Grigor Polanco grounded into a fielder’s choice. The guy should have been out about five times, but he tumbled, rolled and hustled his way safely into third. And he was in the rundown long enough to allow Polanco to get to second.

Despite having runners on second and third with nobody out and then bases loaded with one out, the Pirates were unable to score. They were able to win it, though, an inning later when Harrison hit a walk-off double.

Not to ruin some truly fantastic Benny The Jet Rodriguez type maneuvers, but Harrison should have been called out for running out of the baseline to avoid the tag in that pickle.

Via the MLB rules:

Any runner is out when —
(a) (1) He runs more than three feet away from his baseline to avoid being tagged unless his action is to avoid interference with a fielder fielding a batted ball. A runner’s baseline is established when the tag attempt occurs and is a straight line from the runner to the base he is attempting to reach safely

Below is video of Harrison’s walk-off double:

Josh Harrison makes spectacular diving catch, hits go-ahead homer (Video)

The Pittsburgh Pirates took two out of three from the New York Yankees over the weekend, and the stellar play of Josh Harrison on Sunday was a big reason why. The 26-year-old Pirates outfielder hit a go-ahead solo home run and later made a spectacular catch to preserve the lead.

Harrison’s solo shot came in the seventh inning to break a 3-3 tie. His diving catch came an inning later when he robbed Yangervis Solarte of extra bases with a man on first. Had the ball gotten by Harrison, the runner may have been able to score all the way from first to tie the game. Actually, the runner was Derek Jeter — but you get the point.

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Not a bad afternoon for a kid with nine career home runs and a career batting average of .255.

H/T Big League Stew

Yadier Molina injured after being run over at home plate by Josh Harrison (Video)

During the second inning of the Cardinals game against the Pirates on Wednesday night, Pittsburgh’s Josh Harrison was trying to score on a single to right and decided to run through Yadier Molina to do so. While it looked vicious, the play was completely clean. Molina also happened to hold onto the ball and record the out.

As you can see from the video above, the Cardinals catcher was understandably shaken up after the play. The fact that he was able to hang onto the ball after such a bang-bang play (literally) is something to be proud of. The fact that it doesn’t appear he swallowed a wad of tobacco like some catchers before him have accidentally done is also an accomplishment.