The catch was great. The throw, even better. Together, they earned Rangers center fielder DJ Peters the Play of the Week Award on Monday.
Peters’ award-winning effort came Saturday night against the Red Sox at Fenway Park in the bottom of the third inning, after Rafael Devers crushed a fly ball to dead center field.
The 25-year-old Peters tracked the ball to the center-field wall, perfectly timed his jump and made an outstanding leaping grab to rob Devers of a likely game-tying extra-base hit. But that was only Part 1.
After landing back on the ground, Peters immediately came up throwing and launched a strike on one bounce from the center-field warning track to double off Boston’s Enrique Hernández at first base.
Rangers starter Jordan Lyles got Xander Bogaerts to ground out to end the third, and Texas put up three more runs in the next half-inning to blow the game open en route to a 10-1 win.