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McAdam: Jackie Bradley Jr.’s incredible catch saves the day

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In the box score, the save will go to Heath Hembree -- the first of his career, and a fine outing it was, too, since he struck out all three hitters he faced to wrap up the Red Sox 2-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles in 12 innings.

But do not be fooled. Hembree was awarded the save based on Rule 10.20, which deems that a save shall go the pitcher who is ''1) the finishing pitcher in a game won by his club and 2) he is not the winning pitcher and 3) qualifies under one of the following conditions....'' and blah blah blah.

You know the rest.

In actuality, the man who truly, literally saved the game was not a pitcher at all. It was Jackie Bradley Jr., who as an outfielder, can't qualify for the official save.

But that's just a technicality.