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Adam Jones robs home run with great catch, turns double play (Video)

Adam Jones came through with a serious web gem on Monday night to ensure the Tampa Bay Rays would not make a comeback on his Baltimore Orioles.

Baltimore hit five home runs in a 9-1 win — including back-to-back-to-back homers in the fifth — and Jones kept up the momentum on defense. The center fielder went far over the fence to rob Evan Longoria of what would have been a 3-run homer in the sixth.

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As if that weren’t already enough, he alertly threw into second base to get Matt Joyce, who was trying to tag up and advance from first.

It’s amazing what Jones can do in the field when he’s not trying to blow bubbles with his gum.

Edinson Volquez made an incredible no-look grab to snag ground ball (Video)

Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. That’s the best way to describe the play made by Edinson Volquez’s during the first inning of Tuesday’s game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Detroit Tigers.

edinson-volquez-no-look-grabWith runners on first and third, Victor Martinez hit a shot back up the middle that looked destined to get past Volquez. That is, until the Pirates pitcher waved his left arm behind him. Not only did the ball find its way into Volquez’s glove, he had the presence of mind to get Ian Kinsler caught between third base and home plate.

Despite appearing to experience discomfort afterward, Edinson Volquez remained in the game to toss six innings and pick up his tenth victory of the season. He also probably guaranteed himself a spot in SportsCenter’s Top 10.

Ezequiel Carrera makes incredible diving catch to rob Jacoby Ellsbury (Video)

Coming into Monday, you may not have been familiar with Ezequiel Carrera, unless you’re a Detroit Tigers fan.

Making his first start of the season, the 27-year-old made sure we know his name by making an incredible catch in the bottom of the third inning.

ezequiel-carrera-diving-catchJacoby Ellsbury, and probably most of Yankee Stadium, surely thought he found the gap after driving a Max Scherzer pitch to deep center field. That is, until Carrera tracked the ball down, went airborne, and extended to make the catch.

I think Derek Jeter’s reaction pretty accurately sums it up.

With Austin Jackson now patrolling center field for the Seattle Mariners after being part of the David Price trade, Carrera will be vying for playing time with Rajai Davis. Not a bad way to state your case for more starts in the near future.

Manny Machado makes ridiculous throw to get Albert Pujols (Video)

Manny Machado has done it again.

A little over a year after the young third baseman went Brooks Robinson and made a throw from deep into foul territory to get a putout at first against the Yankees, he nearly repeated the feat.

Machado robbed Albert Pujols of a hit with a great backhanded stop, and then he threw across the diamond from at least 10 feet into foul territory to get the out in the top of the fourth inning Wednesday. Look at where he was when he made the throw:

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This kid is a defensive stud. It’s always nice to have a shortstop playing third, isn’t it?

Dustin Ackley robs Travis d’Arnaud of a home run (Video)

Seattle Mariners outfielder Dustin Ackley is hardly one of the best defensive players in baseball, but he made one of the best defensive plays of the year on Monday night when he robbed Travis d’Arnaud of a sure home run.

With the Mariners leading the New York Mets 4-1 in the sixth inning, d’Arnaud hit a shot to left field that looked like a home run right off the bat. The ball hung in the air for a while and Ackley was able to time his jump perfectly to bring it back over the wall. Oftentimes we will say a player robbed a homer when we aren’t certain that the ball would have actually cleared the wall, but there is no question Ackley saved a run.

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Jackie Bradley Jr. makes incredible diving catch (Video)

The Boston Red Sox picked up a much-needed 5-4 win over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night. Had it not been for the incredible diving catch Jackie Bradley Jr. made in the second inning, Chicago may have ended up breaking the game open.

With one out, a man on second and the White Sox already leading 2-0, Chicago catcher Tyler Flowers hit a ball to right-centerfield that looked like it was going to find the gap for a double. That’s when Bradley Jr. did this:

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Bradley Jr.’s catch was easily one of the best of the year, and he has made a handful of them. He’s hitting just .217 this season, so his Gold Glove-caliber defense has basically reserved his spot on the MLB roster. Catches like that remind us of why the Red Sox are keeping Bradley Jr. around.

Erick Aybar makes slick barehanded play (Video)

Erick Aybar barehandedErick Aybar made possibly the defensive play of the night Friday when he made a slick barehanded play to rob Luis Sardinas of a hit.

Sardinas was leading off the top of the seventh and hit a slow grounder to short. Sardinas is pretty speedy, so Aybar had to charge the ball and get rid of it quickly for a chance to get the out. Even though the ball wasn’t hit too hard, it was still really deep and moving a lot faster than a bunt when Aybar fielded it, making his barehanded grab extremely impressive. When you couple that with his strong throw, it’s hard not to love that web gem.

The defensive metrics generally don’t rate Aybar too favorably, but I feel like he’s a very strong fielder with a lot of range. It’s just that he doesn’t make great plays like this on a daily basis … nobody can.