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Intense visible radiation from a nearby yellow dwarf star prevented Tsuyoshi Nishioka from seeing this popup

The Sun may be 93 million miles away, but sometimes it plays more of a role in baseball than any human on the field does. Twins second baseman Tsuyoshi Nishioka looked up on Wednesday expecting to chart the flight of Shelley Duncan's lazy pop fly into his glove, and instead found his field of view assaulted by thousands of watts of pure solar power. 

After experiencing a taste of our nearest star's awesome majesty, Nishioka turned his back on the infield and seemed to contemplate humanity's smallness, idly pacing a few steps before rejoining the game.

-- Dan Wohl /

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