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Roundup of some of the best defensive plays made in Major League Baseball this week

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A host of Major League Baseball players flashed the leather this week to make some incredible catches -- and many occurred at key moments of their respective games. Take a look below and watch some of our favorite defensive highlights from around the big leagues.

1. Kole Calhoun charges in on a sinking line drive and makes an amazing diving catch to steal a hit from
Matt Kemp

2. Aramis Ramirez makes a diving stop into foul territory and fires from his knees to get Andrew Susac out at first base Arismendy

3. Alcantara dives to make a great catch on a sinking line drive hit to center by a Josh Rutledge Arismendy Alcantar

4. Kirk Nieuwenhuis makes his second diving catch of the game, robbing Jose Lobaton and preventing the game-winning run from scoring

5.Hunter Pence tracks down a line drive and leaps to make a great catch in right field to save a run

6. Jean Segura lays out to prevent a grounder from reaching center, then flips a slow-rolling ball to second base for the forceout

7. Alexi Amarista makes an outstanding running grab in the 9th to rob Eduardo Escobar of a walk-off hit

8. Yasiel Puig fires a laser to third base from center field to throw out Hank Conger

9. Kirk Nieuwenhuis makes a pair of clutch, extra-inning diving catches in the Mets' matchup with the Nationals

10. Adam LaRoche makes a tough play look easy as he catches Wilmer Flores' popup in foul territory over his shoulder for the out

11. Kirk Nieuwenhuis takes a hit away from Jayson Werth as he dives to catch his sinking line drive to center field in the 10th inning

12. Howie Kendrick makes a full-extension diving stop on a hot shot from Adrian Gonzalez and fires to first for the out, saving a run

13. Spectators went on a mad dash in search of a foul ball, but a young fan reaches under the seat in front of her and comes up with it

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ectojo August 08 2014 at 11:30 AM

"Old School"? Perhaps you should visit Americas Softball fields and I guarantee you will see plays like that all the time, if not every time you visit.

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David ectojo August 09 2014 at 8:45 AM

"... you wil see plays like that all the time, if not every time you visit." Old school, no. Pre-school maybe.

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darkcloudstonite August 08 2014 at 7:08 PM

Jack Calhoun is a very underrated player, he sets the table for the Angels....sad he doesn't get the recognition he's due

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theomegaman72 August 09 2014 at 2:39 PM

That picture brings back memories of playing for the state title back in the 70s. It was the bottom of the 9th, we were ahead by a run but the other team had loaded the bases with 2 outs. Their cleanup hitter hit a towering shot to center field. I was playing 2nd base and turned around and saw our center fielder had fallen and twisted his ankle. I sprinted as fast as I could out to center field ,climbed the wall and dived with full extension. I caught the ball in the stands 10 rows deep, but in doing so ruptured my obliques...I never played again.

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onionson August 09 2014 at 6:16 AM

For the money they make I expect no less.

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David August 09 2014 at 12:33 AM

It's a bird, it's a plane...

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cigarpal August 09 2014 at 3:38 PM

We did all that stuff in Little League. Whats the big?

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smbaker22 August 09 2014 at 1:27 PM

I was watching that game. He could have caught that ball on the run. You want old school? DiMaggio would have caught that ball without any problem or need to dive at all.

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alfredschrader August 09 2014 at 10:33 AM

Shark week. Shark meat is $8.99 a pound. A 150 pound shark is worth around a $1,000.00 fully dressed.
Fried with hushpuppies is good.

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dashurts August 09 2014 at 3:48 PM

Wow! Kole Calhoun gets paid hundreds of thousands $$$ a year to play a GAME and he got grass stains on his uniform? Oh no! Will he ever recover? Maybe he should be paid more for his "heroic", old school effort. Gimme a break.

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newprson August 09 2014 at 4:59 PM

I love the one where the young girl finds the foul ball and how overjoyed her friend is for her -- made my day

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