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Video: Carlos Santana executes a perfect bunt single against the shift

Division Series - Boston Red Sox v Cleveland Indians - Game Two

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 07: Carlos Santana #41 of the Cleveland Indians hits a single in the second inning against the Boston Red Sox during game two of the American League Divison Series at Progressive Field on October 7, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

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John Gibbons got creative with his defensive alignment on Saturday night, orchestrating an extreme infield shift against designated hitter Carlos Santana in the first inning of Game 1 of the ALCS.

Third baseman Josh Donaldson played at short, while shortstop Troy Tulowitzki played short right field to keep Santana from pulling any extra bases. Santana, a left-handed hitter with a .256/.364/.541 slash line against right-handed pitching in 2016, took the first strike he saw from Marco Estrada and drove it up the third base line to a nonexistent third baseman.

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If ever there were an argument to be made in favor of bunts -- those against the shift, those with no runners on, those to start a playoff series -- this would be it.

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