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Images of world sport: Avoiding contact can be worth it

Published: Sunday, Aug. 2 2015 11:06 a.m. MDT

Kansas City Royals right fielder David Lough is dunked by teammates at the end of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins Wednesday, June 5, 2013, in Kansas City, Mo. The Royals won the game 4-1. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) (Charlie Riedel, AP) Kansas City Royals right fielder David Lough is dunked by teammates at the end of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins Wednesday, June 5, 2013, in Kansas City, Mo. The Royals won the game 4-1. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) (Charlie Riedel, AP)

For all the tough talk about taking a hit in sports, sometimes avoiding contact is more than worth it.

Tim Federowicz (L.A. Dodgers) and Danny Valencia (Baltimore Orioles) proved as much last night, avoiding errant pitches and saving themselves some pain in the process.

Granted, avoiding a wild fast ball at the plate is routine. A fan, however, took similar safety measures when it came to a fly ball. Catch the souvenir? Not for her.

Finally there's the dumping of the gatorade tank. The sneak attack drenching, however, is hard to avoid, as Kansas City's David Lough found out last night.

Matt Petersen is the Sports Web Editor for DeseretNews.com. You can follow him on Twitter at @TheMattPetersen.

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