L.A. Angels pitcher saves wounded bird in middle of game

Los Angeles Angels pitcher Dane De La Rosa picks up a hurt bird. (Screen grab from NBC broadcast)

Los Angeles Angels pitcher Dane De La Rosa picks up a hurt bird. (Screen grab from NBC broadcast)

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Technically, Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Dane De La Rosa doesn’t have a big-league save to his name.

Randy the bird, however, would surely argue that fact.

In the third inning of the Angels’ 8-3 road win over the Oakland A’s Thursday, De La Rosa saved a wounded bird that was laying near a baseline fence.

Captured live by NBC cameras, the 30-year-old pitcher gently scooped up the pigeon – which he would later name Randy – took a seat in the bullpen for a moment and then walked past a handful of puzzled teammates on his way to the clubhouse.

The best part?

De La Rosa took the mound in the eighth inning and performed well. He needed only 10 pitches to retire three straight A’s batters.


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