Play of the Day: Dad holding baby catches a foul ball

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The star of Sunday afternoon’s series finale between the Mets and Phillies at Citizens Bank Park wasn’t a member of either roster. Rather, it was a dad holding a baby.

With a 2-2 count in the fourth inning, leadoff batter Daniel Murphy fouled a Chad Billingsley offering back on the third base side. A dad, with his baby strapped to his chest, stuck out his bare hand and caught the ball, earning a round of applause from the crowd. The fan was later interviewed on the Phillies’ broadcast, earning praise from former major leaguers and current broadcasters Matt Stairs and Mike Schmidt. The duo also autographed the ball for him.

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Houston’s Yordan Alvarez leaves game with ankle discomfort

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HOUSTON — Houston slugger Yordan Alvarez left the Astros’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning with left ankle discomfort.

Alvarez, who is tied for second in the American League with 37 home runs, rolled his ankle running out of the box on a single in the first inning.

He looked to be in some pain as he jogged to first base and was checked on briefly by manager Dusty Baker and a trainer before remaining in the game. Serving as the designated hitter, he struck out in the third inning before being replaced by pinch-hitter David Hensley for his at-bat in the fifth.