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Video: Carlos Santana executes a perfect bunt single against the shift


John Gibbons got creative with his defensive alignment on Saturday night, orchestrating an extreme infield shift against designated hitter Carlos Santana in the first inning of Game 1 of the ALCS.

Third baseman Josh Donaldson played at short, while shortstop Troy Tulowitzki played short right field to keep Santana from pulling any extra bases. Santana, a left-handed hitter with a .256/.364/.541 slash line against right-handed pitching in 2016, took the first strike he saw from Marco Estrada and drove it up the third base line to a nonexistent third baseman.

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If ever there were an argument to be made in favor of bunts — those against the shift, those with no runners on, those to start a playoff series — this would be it.

Report: Marcell Ozuna injured, his wife arrested in domestic violence incident

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Andy Slater of Fox Sports 640 South Florida reports that Braves outfielder Marcell Ozuna recently suffered a facial injury after his wife allegedly hit him with a soap dish. The incident apparently happened a few weeks ago.

Slater says that Ozuna reported the incident to Miami police and that Ozuna’s wife, Genesis, was arrested and charged with domestic battery. She subsequently pleaded not guilty and was given a stay-away order. Presumably more legal proceedings are in the offing.

The injury itself doesn’t sound serious, but the matter certainly is.