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Video: Kevin Kiermaier’s leaping catch robs Brian McCann of extra bases

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By now, you’ve probably familiarized yourself with Kevin Kiermaier‘s extensive body of defensive work. The Rays’ speedy center fielder can catch just about anything hit in his general direction, and when he’s not emulating Spider-Man on the outfield fences, often showcases his skills with a series of leaps, dives and strategic falls.

Friday’s face-off against the Astros went much the same way. In the second inning, Astros’ catcher Brian McCann hit a fly ball to deep center field, which would have easily gone for a double had Kiermaier not been at the wall to snare it:

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Given Kiermaier’s highlight reel-worthy plays and a combined 61.3 DEF (defensive value based on fielding runs and positional adjustment, as calculated by FanGraphs) over the past three years, it’s probably not too early to assume the 26-year-old is in line for his third consecutive Gold Glove award this season, right?

Red Sox place Chris Sale on 10-day injured list

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Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale has been placed on the 10-day injured list with left elbow inflammation, the club revealed Saturday. The assignment is retroactive to August 14. In a corresponding roster move, right-handed reliever Ryan Brasier was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.

It’s an alarming development for the 30-year-old ace, who has been remarkably injury-free after dealing with a lingering case of shoulder inflammation last summer. While he hasn’t replicated the career-high results he delivered over the last two seasons, he still leads Red Sox pitchers with 3.6 fWAR and will head to the IL with a 6-11 record in 25 starts, a 4.40 ERA, 2.3 BB/9, and league-best 13.3 SO/9 through 147 1/3 innings. A timetable has not been given for his return, nor has the severity of his injury been disclosed. Per Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski, Sale has been experiencing pain in his elbow since Wednesday and will undergo further evaluation in the days to come.

Brasier, 31, was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket in mid-July after pitching to mixed results in the majors. He currently holds a 4.46 ERA, 2.7 BB/9, and 8.0 SO/9 with the Red Sox, though his results in Triple-A — one run, one walk, and 13 strikeouts over 9 1/3 innings — suggest that he might be capable of even sharper results when he rejoins the big league club.