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Byron Buxton makes incredible leaping catch in AL wild-card game (Video)

Byron Buxton made his mark on Tuesday’s American League wild-card game with an incredible leaping catch to rob Todd Frazier of extra bases.

During the bottom of the second inning, with the game tied 3-3, Frazier hit a fly ball to center field that sent Buxton back towards the wall. A few steps shy of the wall, Buxton left his feet to make a great catch prior to crashing into the wall and falling down on the warning track. Take a look below.

Buxton remained on the ground for a few moments before returning to his feet. He remained in the game.

Keon Broxton robs home run, saves game for Brewers (Video)

Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Keon Broxton deserves the save after making a remarkable catch to close out the Milwaukee Brewers’ 6-5 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday.

With the Brewers clinging to a 6-5 lead with two outs in the ninth, St. Louis’s Randal Grichuk hit a deep fly ball to center. It was headed over the fence to give the Cardinals a 7-6 lead — and then Broxton happened.

That’s as good a catch as you’ll ever see in that situation. It’s even moreso with the Brewers locked in a playoff race and in need of every win they can get. It may not be the best catch of the season, but it may be the best to happen at such an important point in a game.

Austin Jackson makes insane catch to rob home run at Fenway Park (Video)

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Austin Jackson on Tuesday pulled off what may be one of the best home run-robbing catches at Fenway Park we’ve ever seen.

During the bottom of the fifth inning of the Red Sox-Indians game, the Cleveland center fielder raced towards the Red Sox bullpen and leaped to rob Hanley Ramirez of a home run:

Jackson went so high over the short fence that he flipped over into the bullpen.

The fans at Fenway appreciated the catch that robbed one of their players so much that they applauded Jackson when he came to the plate in the top of the sixth inning. Plays like that can sometimes supersede rivalries between teams.

Kevin Pillar made another jaw-dropping catch (Video)

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Kevin Pillar has done it again.

The Toronto Blue Jays center fielder made a jaw-dropping catch on Monday night to rob Cleveland’s Jose Ramirez of a hit. Here’s a look at the spectacular play:

Making a diving catch coming in on a ball is impressive enough, but the difficulty of such a catch increases dramatically when you’re going back and have to lay out for it. Yet Pillar made the grab.

Jays starter Marcus Stroman was pretty shocked about the play:

That catch helped keep Stroman’s shutout intact and allowed him to leave the game up 4-0 against the Indians.

Pillar remains one of the best defensive outfielders in the game. On top of that, he’s also batting over .300 with some good pop this season as he entered Monday’s game with a .500 slugging percentage.

Andrew Benintendi robs home run with great catch (Video)

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Andrew Benintendi made a spectacular catch on Monday to rob Steven Souza Jr. of what would have been a two-run home run.

Souza Jr. smashed a ball off David Price in the eighth inning with a runner on in a 3-0 game. The blast would have made it a one-run game, but Benintendi’s catch helped keep the Red Sox up 3-0 over the Tampa Bay Rays.

“I think that’s the best catch I’ve made. I’ve never really had the opportunity to do that,” Benintendi said after the game. “I knew that it was going to go out. I was just trying to time it and I was fortunate enough to finish with it.”

Melky Cabrera robs Kris Bryant of home run (Video)

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Kris Bryant came into Monday tied for second in the National League with 25 home runs. Early in the Cubs’ game against the White Sox, it looked as though he would have No. 26. Melky Cabrera had other ideas.

In the top of the first inning, Bryant jumped on the first pitch he saw from Miguel Gonzalez and drove a fastball to left field. Cabrera tracked the ball towards the wall and made a leaping catch to bring it back into the yard.

Cabrera didn’t just make a great grab. Positioning himself with his back against the wall for a few seconds before holding up the ball to show he did, in fact, come down with it was excellent as well. Cabrera entered the game second on the White Sox in hits this season, but on this occasion he showed he can also take them away.

Billy Hamilton ran so dang far to make this catch (Video)

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Billy Hamilton turned a sure double in the gap into a catch at the wall during the second inning of Cincinnati’s game against Houston on Saturday, making a grab that will no doubt you leave you awestruck.

Batting with two outs and a runner on third in the bottom of the second, the Astros’ Jake Marisnick belted a ball to right center. Hamilton seemed to be playing Marisnick slightly to pull, meaning he had a really long distance to cover for the catch, which was in the right-center gap. But he made it right in front of the bullpen:

Must be nice pitching with that guy behind you. Wow.

George Springer makes great catch to rob Jose Abreu of home run (Video)

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Jose Abreu came into Thursday’s game against the Astros with six home runs on the season. In the first inning, George Springer made a great catch to keep Abreu from getting his seventh.

Abreu came up to bat with the bases empty and drove the third pitch he saw deep to right field. It looked for all the world like he was going to give Chicago an early lead. Springer had other ideas though, as he raced towards the wall and made a leaping catch to bring the ball back into the yard before crashing to the ground.

That’s a good way to get yourself a spot in SportsCenter’s Top 10.

There isn’t much George Springer can’t do on the baseball field. He can hit for power. He has speed. He has a strong arm, as Billy Butler found out last year. And, as we saw today, Springer is pretty handy with the glove too.

Steven Souza makes amazing diving catch to rob Chris Davis (Video)

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Among the Rays outfielders, it’s Kevin Kiermaier whose name comes to mind first when it comes to sterling defensive plays. However, on Wednesday, it was Steven Souza Jr. who made a highlight reel play.

In the top of the fourth inning, Chris Davis drove a pitch from Matt Moore into the gap in right center field that looked destined to find the ground and head towards the wall. Souza had other ideas though, running what seemed like clear across Tropicana Field to track the ball down before leaving his feet to make an amazing diving catch just in front of the 370 ft. mark on the outfield wall.

According to MLB’s Statcast, Souza covered 88 ft. to make the catch and reached a top speed of 19.5 mph while running.

Granted it’s still very early in the season, but it will take a really special effort to top this one for “Catch of the Year.”

Alex Gordon gets tip of cap from Royals for great play

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Alex Gordon made a truly spectacular catch to rob Justin Upton of extra bases on Thursday, and he received a tip of the cap from his entire team as a sign of recognition for the incredible play.

Upton led off the top of the fourth for the Detroit Tigers with a drive to left center that looked like a double in the making. But Gordon made his way from left field to the gap and made a beautiful diving catch in front of the wall to rob Upton.

Pitcher Edinson Volquez raised his cap to Gordon for the great play, as did all the Kansas City Royals. The fans appreciated the great play and got on their feet for a standing ovation.