Video: Joc Pederson made a spectacular catch yesterday


Joc Pederson has hit some massive homers this year. He’s also played some serious defense in center field.

Take this catch off of Justin Upton’s bat in the Dodgers-Padres game yesterday afternoon in which he (a) runs a country mile; (b) gets turned around a couple of times; and (c) smashes into the wall, yet still makes the grab:

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Not only was it a great grab, it was an essential grab. The game was tied in the bottom of the ninth with two men on. If Upton’s ball had landed — and with many center fielders it would’ve — the Padres walk off with a win. As it was, the Dodgers lived to make extra innings and won it.

Aaron Judge out of Yankees starting lineup for finale after No. 62

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

ARLINGTON, Texas — Yankees slugger Aaron Judge wasn’t in the starting lineup for New York’s regular-season finale, a day after his 62nd home run that broke Roger Maris’ 61-year-old American League single-season record.

When Judge homered in the first inning Tuesday night, in the second game of a doubleheader against the Texas Rangers, it was his 55th consecutive game. He has played in 157 games overall for the AL East champions.

With the first-round bye in the playoffs, the Yankees won’t open postseason play until the AL Division Series starts next Tuesday.

Even though Judge had indicated that he hoped to play Wednesday, manager Aaron Boone said after Tuesday night’s game that they would have a conversation and see what made the most sense.

“Short conversation,” Boone said before Wednesday’s game, adding that he was “pretty set on probably giving him the day today.”

Asked if there was a scenario in which Judge would pinch hit, Boone responded, “I hope not.”

Judge went into the final day of the regular season batting .311, trailing American League batting average leader Minnesota’s Luis Arraez, who was hitting .315. Judge was a wide leader in the other Triple Crown categories, with his 62 homers and 131 RBIs.

Boone said that “probably the one temptation” to play Judge had been the long shot chance the slugger had to become the first AL Triple Crown winner since Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera in 2012.