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You won't believe what Buxton did this time

@dohyoungpark
April 14, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS -- Byron Buxton is no stranger to the center-field wall at Target Field, and the 2017 American League Platinum Glove Award winner added another eye-popping grab to his already expansive defensive highlight reel in the Twins' 6-4 win over the Tigers on Sunday. Christin Stewart lifted a fly ball

MINNEAPOLIS -- Byron Buxton is no stranger to the center-field wall at Target Field, and the 2017 American League Platinum Glove Award winner added another eye-popping grab to his already expansive defensive highlight reel in the Twins' 6-4 win over the Tigers on Sunday.

Christin Stewart lifted a fly ball to deep center field in the third inning off Twins starter José Berríos, and after Buxton drifted back 84 feet to the warning track, he leapt with his glove outstretched above his head and made the catch before he slammed into the center-field wall.

"Once I took off, I told myself I was getting it," Buxton said. "Wasn’t no stopping me then. It was either I was going to catch it or I was going to hit the wall. One of the two. Luckily I got both."

Though he took a second to catch his breath after getting to his feet, Buxton was visibly energized and gave right fielder Max Kepler a spirited high five with a smile.

But he doesn't count it among the top catches of his career.

"Not one of my best, not on my list," Buxton said. "But whenever I make the play, that’s all that matters. That was a big play to help Berrios keep cruising through that game. He went strong throughout the whole game and that kind of changed the momentum and that’s what we want, keep that aggressiveness."

A half-inning earlier, Buxton gave the Twins a 3-2 lead with an RBI double tracked at 108.1 mph off the bat, and he later added a single. It was his seventh extra-base hit of the season and his team-leading sixth double.

Though Buxton suffered a rib contusion and sore back on a similar collision with the center-field wall at Kauffman Stadium on April 2, he maintained in the aftermath of his recovery that he remains committed to playing the game at full speed with his characteristic aggression in center field.

Here's what others from both the Twins' and Tigers' clubhouses had to say about Buxton:

Tigers outfielder Stewart

"I know Buck. I told him, 'Dang, why'd you have to do me like that?' But he's a great outfielder, Gold Glove. He's a great dude also. He just made a really good catch. Tip your hat to him. That's all you can do. Hit the ball hard.

"I've never hit one to center field like that [at Target Field], so I didn't really know. But when I hit it, I just dropped my head and started running. And then, when I was about to hit second, I looked up because everybody started screaming. I didn't know what happened. I saw him lying on the ground, holding up his glove, and I'm like, 'No way he caught that!' I went back under and looked at it, too, from inside. I'm like, 'How did he catch that?' Because it got behind him a little bit. But it was a really good catch."

Twins manager Rocco Baldelli

"I know he makes so many of them, and also hits the wall too on occasion. But those kinds of plays, those plays lead to runs. Those are the kinds of plays that do change the game as well. We talk about him being a game-changer -- I mention it all the time -- and this is just another example."

Twins starter Berrios

"I was seeing that from the Minor Leagues. I really, really enjoy every play he makes out there. I don’t remember what year, but I think it was 2016 in [Triple-A] Rochester, he made the same one against the wall. The next day we created a guy with tape. I enjoy every play he makes out there."

Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire

"He can really play. I saw him come up as a kid. I was [with the Twins] when he got drafted, and I watched him play as a special assistant over there. The kid can do a lot of really good things. That's probably why he gets hurt a little bit, because he's diving all over the place. He can flat-out fly, looks better at the plate right now than he has in a while, I think."

Do-Hyoung Park covers the Twins for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @dohyoungpark and on Instagram at dohyoung.park.