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Video: Umpire Laz Diaz barely escapes a Drew Butera line drive

Laz Diaz

Home plate umpire Laz Diaz is seen during a baseball game between the Detroit Tigers and the Chicago White Sox in Detroit, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

AP

Umpire Laz Diaz had a split second to react and get out of the way of a screaming Drew Butera line drive during the bottom of the fifth inning of Sunday’s game between the Orioles and Royals. Thankfully, Diaz succeeded and was able to spin himself to safety, though it involved taking a seat in the dirt behind third base.

The effort earned Diaz a round of applause and a helping hand from Royals third base coach Mike Jirschele.

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