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Padres relief pitcher hit a grand slam off Max Scherzer and his family went crazy

The designated hitter is likely coming to the National League soon, so we won’t be treated to incredible moments like the one involving San Diego Padres relief pitcher Daniel Camarena.

Camarena had come to the plate just 31 times in his eight seasons as a pro (minors or majors) before Thursday. He had five hits, all singles, so what he did Thursday night can only be described as extraordinary.

After being recalled from Triple-A earlier in the day, Camarena came on in relief in the fourth inning and found himself batting with the Padres trailing the Nationals 8-2. It was a big situation with the bases loaded and two outs.

Oh, and three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer was pitching.

So, yeah, what happened next was remarkable:

“I still don’t have a word for it,” Camarena told MLB.com. “I’m still trying to find a word for

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James Madison pitcher Odicci Alexander makes stunning fielding play to beat Oklahoma State

OKLAHOMA CITY – Exhausted and with tears in her eyes, Odicci Alexander paused to take a moment and recover.

The James Madison pitcher had just made an incredible diving tag at home plate against Oklahoma State on Friday night and her Dukes were just one out away from becoming the first unseeded team in NCAA softball history to reach the semifinals of the Women’s College World Series.

OSU’s squeeze play with one out with one out and runners on second and third was thwarted when Alexander fielded a bunt and extended her body toward home plate, tagging out a sliding Scotland David. The JMU ace got a popup for the final out a batter later to seal a 2-1 win.

“If that’s not Top 10 SportsCenter, I don’t know what is,” JMU head coach Loren LaPorte said, “because that’s probably the best play I’ve ever seen in my career by

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A pitcher who spent 7 years in the minors threw just the 101st immaculate inning in MLB history

Kyle Finnegan

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  • MLB pitcher Kyle Finnegan struck out all three batters in an inning with just nine pitches.

  • Finnegan didn’t even realize he was in his feat until his second-to-last pitch.

  • Finnegan is in just his second MLB season at 29 after spending seven years in the minors.

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Washington Nationals pitcher Kyle Finnegan recorded an immaculate inning on Wednesday night against the Atlanta Braves, marking a historic feat after a longer-than-usual journey to the majors.

Finnegan came into the game in the sixth inning and struck out all three batters he faced with just nine pitches, just the 101st “immaculate inning” in MLB history.

“It wasn’t until the eighth and ninth [pitches] that I was actually fully aware of what was going on,” Finnegan said after the game. “At that point, I was just telling myself, ‘At least give it a chance.

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