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LOOK: Yankees’ Brett Gardner robs Rays’ Randy Arozarena of home run in ALDS Game 5

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Rare is the pitcher who’s been able to keep Randy Arozarena of the Rays in check this postseason, so Yankees fly-catcher Brett Gardner decided to take on the mission himself. In the sixth inning of Friday night’s decisive ALDS Game 5 (NYY-TB GameTracker), Arozarena appeared to have homered off New York ace Gerrit Cole to break a 1-1 tie. 

However, Gardner out in left field was unwilling to accommodate: 

That left Arozarena’s bat at 99.6 mph and with a launch angle of 38 degrees. That launch angle is a little higher than optimal, and in this instance it was probably high enough to get caught up in the San Diego evening marine layer. Arozarena appeared to think it was gone off the bat, but that turned out to be not the case by a hairsbreadth or so. 

Anyhow, that’s not the typical home run robbery, as Gardner didn’t undertake the

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MLB playoffs: Cody Bellinger robs Fernando Tatis Jr. of go-ahead homer

For a moment, it seemed as if Padres superstar shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. had done it again.

Tatis had previously pulled off home run heroics in San Diego’s Wild Card Series win over St. Louis. With two outs in the seventh inning and the Padres trailing by a run, Tatis hit what appeared to be a surefire two-run blast to straightaway center field.

Then Cody Bellinger turned into Superman, and the Dodgers escaped with their lead intact.

Bellinger and the rest of the Dodgers were understandably fired up after the game-saving play. Pitcher Brusdar Graterol flung his hat and glove in excitement, and then appeared to blow a kiss to Padres third baseman Manny Machado. Machado, unsurprisingly, was not too pleased with that.

Graterol’s taunt, and Machado’s reaction, sparked several other Dodgers to shout at Machado and the Padres dugout. Graterol stayed in the game in the eighth, when he

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Cody Bellinger robs Fernando Tatis Jr. of go-ahead home run with incredible catch

The 2020 MLB season has been the Year of Fernando Tatis Jr. and it looked as if the San Diego Padres’ shortstop was going to add another legendary moment to his list of achievements when he crushed a Brusdar Graterol pitch to deep center field — until Cody Bellinger appeared and made a sensational leaping grab at the wall to keep the Dodgers ahead late in Game 2 and Clayton Kershaw in line for the win.

Bellinger’s grab was the first home run robbery in a postseason game since Los Angeles had a David Freese long ball taken away by Milwaukee’s Lorenzo Cain in the 2018 NLCS and the fifth in the past five postseasons. But Bellinger’s night might have them all beat with this added fact: Bellinger

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Cody Bellinger robs Fernando Tatis Jr. of home run

The Dodgers countered Manny Machado’s epic bat flip with an epic glove flip.
Cody Bellinger made a sensational leaping catch at the center-field wall at Globe Life Field to rob Fernando Tatis Jr. of a potential go-ahead home run in the seventh inning of the Dodgers’ 6-5 win over the

The Dodgers countered Manny Machado’s epic bat flip with an epic glove flip.

Cody Bellinger made a sensational leaping catch at the center-field wall at Globe Life Field to rob Fernando Tatis Jr. of a potential go-ahead home run in the seventh inning of the Dodgers’ 6-5 win over the Padres in Game 2 of the National League Division Series on Wednesday night. That incredible grab prompted reliever Brusdar Graterol to throw his glove and hat in celebration.

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