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Top 10 Defensive Gems From MLB’s First Half

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ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 24:  Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim catches a fly ball in the fourth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 24, 2014 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 24: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim catches a fly ball in the fourth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 24, 2014 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

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In a game where every out matters, MLB’s best players step up in the grandest situations. From game-saving catches to momentum-shifting throws, here are the top ten plays of baseball’s first half.

10. Just Mike Trout being Mike Trout
This year’s All-Star Game MVP continues his legacy as best in the game night in and night out. Check out another edition of Mike Trout doing what Mike Trout does best.

9. Yankees Triple Play
Even though Yangervis Solarte is now a San Diego Padre, he’ll be best known in pinstripes for starting this triple play down in Tampa Bay.

8. Yasiel Puig living up to the hype
The hype around Yasiel Puig is ever-growing. As anyone that has watched him play can attest, he plays with a reckless abandonment for a very productive Dodger team that continues to threaten in the NL West.

7. Brock Holt to the rescue!
Former Oakland A’s great Jonny Gomes is a fan favorite wherever he plays. On this night however, he should be thanking fellow outfielder Brock Holt for saving his can on this fly ball Gomes lost in the twilight sky at Fenway.

6. Ben Revere lays out
Ben Revere is not really known for his arm, however, his speed and range are why he continues to roam centerfield for the Fightin’ Phils.

5. Anthony Rizzo over the railing
Cubs phenom Anthony Rizzo appears to be ready for his close-up as he dove into the photographer’s well to make this spectacular grab.

4. Jesse Chavez’s quick reflexes
A pitcher’s worst nightmare? The comebacker. Check out the reflexes of Oakland’s Jesse Chavez on this linedrive up the middle.

3. Brandon Phillips: Game-Saver
Talk about coming up clutch in crazy important situations. With the winning run on third, the Cincinnati second-baseman proves why he’s one of the best in the game.

2. Don’t run on Yoenis Cespedes
The Cuban Missile lives up to his nickname. After bobbling a ball in left, Cespedes fires a rocket to home plate to save a run.

1. Andrelton Simmons slips up
Arguably the best defensive shortstop in the game. Simmons loses his footing after fielding a groudball deep in the hole. No chance, right?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4b2sU1k90w

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