Jose Iglesias makes incredible catch on David Ortiz blooper (Video)

Jose-Iglesias-catchDetroit Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias has some of the best hands in baseball. He’s a below average hitter for the most part, but the 23-year-old more than makes up for it with his wizardry in the field. That was on full display with the catch he made to rob David Ortiz of a base hit on Thursday night.

Iglesias was positioned on the second base side of the infield, as the Tigers went into their usual shift for Ortiz. Big Papi lifted a blooper to center field on the shortstop side of second base, and it appeared certain that it would land safely in the outfield. Instead, Iglesias went into a full sprint and somehow tracked the ball down, throwing his glove out in front of his body at the last second to make the catch.

[Related: Video: Jose Iglesias makes incredible play while falling down]

Plays like that are the reason the Tigers got involved in a three-team trade that sent Jake Peavy to the Boston Red Sox, a top prospect to to the Chicago White Sox and brought them Iglesias. He’s going to be one of the best fielders in the game for years to come.

Mike Napoli hit a 460-foot home run off Anibal Sanchez (Video)

Mike Napoli hit a moon shot off Detroit Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez during Game 5 of the ALCS on Thursday, marking his second home run of the series. Napoli’s home run came in the second and was the first run of the game. Boston added three more runs and went up 4-0 before allowing runs later in the game, but they held on for a 4-3 win.

The distance on Napoli’s homer was estimated at 460 feet, which is a rarity in the playoffs. You don’t see too many home runs in the postseason that are clobbered that badly. You also don’t see too many balls hit that far at Comerica Park at night in October.

Napoli, who is a streaky hitter and can carry a team when he’s hot, has now gone 6-for-12 (.500) with two home runs, two doubles and two RBIs in the last three games. That was after going 2-for-17 (.118) with eight strikeouts in Boston’s first six playoff games. He is definitely getting hot at just the right time.

As for the home run, well that drew tons of praise from his teammates. Catcher David Ross went to the “Bull Durham” line.

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Yasiel Puig lost a ball in the sun

Yasiel PuigSome people have been waiting all playoffs for Yasiel Puig to make the kind of error in the field that he made during the regular season. For the most part, the Los Angeles Dodgers fielder has avoided bad plays that made guys like Jon Jay and Evan Gattis headlines. But Puig did miss a ball to start the ninth inning in Game 5 of the NLCS on Wednesday to give the St. Louis Cardinals a shot at a comeback.

Puig missing the ball gave Matt Holliday a leadoff double. Holliday then scored on an RBI single from Matt Adams. The Cards added another run, but the Dodgers closed it out and held on for the 6-4 win.

So about that ball Puig missed. As you could see, the sun was clearly in his eyes. Despite wearing sunglasses on the bright Southern California day, he lost the ball in the sun and had to look away at the last second to avoid getting hit. Sure it sounds like a Little League excuse, but it was legitimate. Los Angeles Times reporter Dylan Hernandez even said after the game that Puig said he lost the ball in the sun. Hey, it happens. Luckily it didn’t cost them.

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Red Sox get generous call at second on botched double play

Stephen Drew double play

The Boston Red Sox botched a double play in Game 4 of the ALCS on Wednesday night that cost them four runs, and an umpire actually helped spare them a fifth run.

Austin Jackson walked with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the second to make it 1-0 Detroit. Jose Iglesias followed with a hard ground ball to Dustin Pedroia at second. Pedroia wasn’t able to field the ball cleanly, so his throw to second was delayed. Shortstop Stephen Drew was well off the bag when he made the catch, but second base umpire Dan Iassogna still gave the Sox credit for the force out.

Torii Hunter then hit a 2-run double to make it 4-0. Had Jackson been called safe at second, he would have scored on Hunter’s ball and the Tigers’ lead would have been 5-0. Miguel Cabrera’s RBI single to drive in Hunter would have made it 6-0.

So Pedroia being unable to turn the double play cost the Red Sox four runs, but it should have cost them five.

Below is a GIF of the play:

GIF via SB Nation

Did Adrian Gonzalez give Mickey Mouse ears after hitting home run?

Adrian Gonzalez Mickey Mouse

Adrian Gonzalez did a gesture with his hands by his ears after hitting a home run in Game 5 of the NCLS on Wednesday, making many people think that he threw up some Mickey Mouse ears.

Gonzalez hit a solo shot off Joe Kelly to put the Los Angeles Dodgers up 3-2 on the St. Louis Cardinals. After circling the bases, he headed back to the dugout and did that gesture with his hands by his ears. Many media members described Gonzalez’s gesture as doing Mickey Mouse ears:

I don’t know what kind of gesture that was, but Mickey Mouse ears would be a reference to Adam Wainwright saying Gonzalez was doing Mickey Mouse stuff in Game 3.

So what do you think? Was Gonzalez doing Mickey Mouse ears? I’m not sure, but I’m guessing Gonzalez will deny it.

Here’s a GIF of what Gonzalez did:

GIF via @ChadMoriyama

Adam Wainwright: Adrian Gonzalez heckled me at third base

Adam WainwrightAdam Wainwright cleared up a misunderstanding regarding his issues with Adrian Gonzalez’s “Mickey Mouse” behavior during Game 3 on Monday night, explaining that he wasn’t annoyed with a celebration, but with Gonzalez heckling him.

LBS and many other outlets incorrectly believed Wainwright was annoyed with the way Gonzalez celebrated his RBI double to put the Los Angeles Dodgers up 1-0 in Game 3. Gonzalez gave a comment after the game indicating he thought Wainwright was upset with his celebration, but Wainwright explained on Tuesday that it was Gonzalez’s behavior at third that got to him.

“He told me to throw the ball to the backstop when he was at third base,” Wainwright explained to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman.

Gonzalez, for his part, denied heckling Wainwright.

“I wasn’t chirping at him,” Gonzalez said via the Los Angeles Times. “(Third base coach Tim Wallach) said, ‘Curve ball in the dirt, make sure you go.’ I said, ‘Curve ball in the dirt, I go.’ ”

So there you go — misunderstanding semi cleared up. And we apologize for creating the belief that Wainwright was upset with Gonzalez’s celebration. Now that the Cardinals are up 3-1 in the series, this issue will seem like an afterthought if St. Louis advances.

John Lackey reaction to being pulled: You gotta be sh—in me (GIF)

Some things never change with John Lackey.

John LackeyThe Boston Red Sox pitcher had a shutout going against the Detroit Tigers in Game 3 of the ALCS on Tuesday and was pulled with two outs in the seventh. What was unusual is that Lackey had just gotten an out and not really in trouble when he was pulled.

“C’mon man, you gotta be shi–in me,” Lackey could be seen saying.

Lackey had only allowed four hits and no walks while striking out eight in 6.2 innings. He had thrown 97 pitches when he was pulled. Red Sox manager John Farrell went to Craig Breslow to get the lefty-lefty matchup for Alex Avila, who blasted a huge 2-run home run in Game 2. Breslow walked Avila and got Omar Infante out to end the inning.

Those with good memories may recall that Lackey had a similar reaction in Game 1 of the 2009 ALDS against the Boston Red Sox when he was still with the Los Angeles Angels. Lackey was throwing a shutout in Game 1 against the Sox and allowed a hit to start out the 8th. He threw a wild pitch, then got Casey Kotchman to ground out. With lefty Jacoby Ellsbury coming up, manager Mike Scioscia did the same thing Farrell did and pulled Lackey for lefty Darren Oliver. The move paid off — Oliver held the Sox scoreless the rest of the game, and the Angels won 5-0 and swept the series.

GIF via @CorkGaines