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Yoenis Cespedes makes a truly unbelievable throw

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It's one of those plays that you'll want to watch over and over again, because it's simply hard to believe.

Oakland Athletics left fielder Yoenis Cespedes looked like he stayed too upright as a batted ball bounced off his glove into the left corner of foul territory on Tuesday night.

As that happened, Angels infielder Howie Kendrick was waved home.

By the time Kendrick got there, however, the ball was waiting for him. Kendrick didn't appear to think he would even need to slide until the last minute, when, watching A's catcher Josh Norris, he figured out the ball was on its way.

You pretty much have to watch the video to believe it.

Cespedes kept moving toward the wall while keeping his body looking toward home. He picked up the ball with his bare right hand, hardly took a step and unleashed an unbelievable throw that hit Norris' glove just below waste level just in time to apply the tag on the sliding Kendrick.

It was enough of a bang-bang play that Angels manager Mike Scioscia, who later called the throw a "guided missile," decided he needed to challenge the call because he couldn't believe his eyes, adding that he thought (like anyone who watches the play) that Kendrick was about to score standing up.

"After he bobbled it and it bounced off the wall, the way Howie that can run ... I didn't think it would be anywhere near where it was," Angels third base coach Gary DiSarcina told MLB.com.

Not only was it an unreal highlight-reel throw, it also was incredibly important at the time. It was the second out that kept the score at 1-1 in the eighth inning of a game the Angels eventually won 2-1.

"You don't expect something like that," A's manager Bob Melvin told MLB.com. "There aren't that many guys able to throw it that far on the fly."

The one player that could be envisioned making a similar play is fellow Cuban and Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig, who has made his share of throws like that to third base from right field.

When asked, Melvin said that was as good of a throw as he had ever seen, considering the circumstances.

According to MLB.com, that was the third outfield assist for Cespedes against the Angels this season.

"It's not going to deter us or stop us from running," DiSarcina told MLB.com. "You can't do that. You can't shut down your running game. He's out there. You just acknowledge his talent, and you marvel at the throw he made. It's tremendous."

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