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Video: Stephen Piscotty makes no-look catch

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Athletics right fielder Stephen Piscotty made one of the most improbable catches you’ll ever see, making the final out of the first inning Saturday afternoon against the Giants. Buster Posey hit a line drive to Piscotty, who lost the ball in the sun despite wearing sunglasses. Piscotty turned his head to his right while making a blind stab with his glove on his left hand. Somehow, the ball met his leather and he made the catch. Pitcher Chris Bassitt was in disbelief, but nonetheless grateful for the catch.

Despite Piscotty’s effort, the Athletics lost Saturday’s contest 10-5. The two clubs will finish up their short two-game series this afternoon. The A’s will then head out on a road trip to face the Royals and Yankees while the Giants will return home to host the Diamondbacks and Padres.

Indians to activate José Ramírez tomorrow

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Indians slugger José Ramírez broke the hamate bone on his right hand last month and had surgery on August 26 to repair it. At the time he was given the same schedule most hamate bone surgery recipients get: 5-7 weeks if all goes well. Apparently all has gone better-than-well for Ramírez, however, because the Indians are going to activate him tomorrow.

That’s good news for the Indians, who are in a dead heat with the Tampa Bay Rays for the AL’s second Wild Card with six games to go.

Ramírez, like his team, started the season slowly, but he had turned things on in July and August to help fuel Cleveland’s surge into playoff contention. He hit .320/.340/.680 with nine homers and 25 driven in in July and was hitting .321/.372/.705 with six homers and 20 driven in August when he went down. Basically, he had been a better version of the Ramírez who won the Silver Slugger Award and came in third in the MVP balloting in 2018, at least for those two months.

It’ll be interesting to see how rusty he is or if the surgery has sapped his power or bat speed. We’ll only have six games in which to see it, though.