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Ramon Laureano has already made several spectacular defensive plays this season, but none better than his catch taking away a home run that earned the center fielder the MLB play of the week.
On Sunday in the second inning, Teoscar Hernández of the Blue Jays looked to have hit a home run to deep center field at the Oakland Coliseum. Laureano, timing his jump perfectly, reached over the fence and grabbed the home run ball for an out.
To make the play even more incredible, Laureano then attempted to double up Toronto’s Justin Smoak who was advancing on the play. The center fielder’s throw went well over A’s first baseman Kendrys Morales. Catcher Nick Hundley who was backing up the play retrieved the ball and was able to throw Smoak out at second base.
Spectacular defensive plays have become common for Laureano. He already has five outfield assists this year. Since becoming the regular A’s center fielder last August his 14 outfield assists are tied for the MLS-best with Teoscar Hernández. He tied the lead playing in 70 games versus 138 for Hernández.
This post was originally posted at https://www.sfgate.com/athletics/article/A-s-Laureano-HR-Robbing-catch-MLB-play-of-the-week-13788501.php.