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Video: Christian Yelich sacrifices his body to make a great catch

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Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich made an Aaron Rowand-esque catch during Wednesday afternoon’s game against the Mariners. Jarrod Dyson, leading off the bottom of the first inning against Edinson Volquez, hit a fly ball to deep center field. Yelich raced towards the warning track, stuck out his glove, and slammed face-first into the center field fence. One can even see an imprint of his body where he crashed into the wall. Fortunately, Yelich was not injured making the grab.

Coincidentally, all three players were involved in a very similar play last August. With Volquez on the mound for the Royals against the Marlins, Yelich sent a fly ball of his own to straightaway center field. This time it was Dyson in center field racing back to make the catch at the ball.

Tim Tebow homered in his first at-bat with Single-A St. Lucie

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Mets minor league outfielder and former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow was recently promoted from Single-A Columbia to advanced Single-A St. Lucie. Critics suggested that, because Tebow wasn’t exactly lighting up competition with Columbia, the promotion was just about marketing.

Tebow, to his credit, has gotten off to a good start with St. Lucie. In his first at-bat with his new team, he hit a two-run home run, turning a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead. The home run came on a 3-1 count against starter Junior Fernandez of the Palm Beach Cardinals. Fernandez is the Cardinals’ No. 10 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline.

With Columbia, Tebow was hitting a paltry .220/.311/.336 with three home runs and 23 RBI in 244 plate appearances.

Cardinals option Aledmys Diaz to Triple-A

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The Cardinals announced on Wednesday that shortstop Aledmys Diaz has been optioned to Triple-A Memphis and infielder Alex Mejia’s contract has been purchased from Memphis.

Diaz, 26, impressed last season when he posted an .879 OPS and finished fifth in National League Rookie of the Year balloting. This year has been rough on Diaz, as he’s batting .260/.293/.396 with seven home runs and 20 RBI in 288 plate appearances. He’s the second major Cardinals player to get sent down to the minors along with Randal Grichuk.

Diaz was surprised by the demotion. Via MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch:

Mejia, 26, opened the season with Double-A Springfield but was promoted to Triple-A two weeks ago. With Springfield, he hit .251/.305/.366 in 251 PA. In 42 PA with Memphis, he hit .263/.333/.289.