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A’s Pitcher Jesse Chavez Keeps Head – Barely – On Line Drive

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 9: Jesse Chavez #60 of the Oakland Athletics delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of the game on April 9, 2014 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Jesse Chavez (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

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OAKLAND (CBS SF) – In case you missed it Tuesday night, A’s pitche Jesse Chavez needed every ounce of his athleticism and instincts to avoid serious injury on the mound.

Trailing the Mariners 3-2 in the top of the 4th, Chavez served up a pitch and saw it come back at his face in an instant, off the bat of Michael Saunders. Here’s the clip:

The nifty catch on the screamer ended the inning, but the A’s couldn’t climb back in the game, losing 8-3.

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