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Boston police officer stunned by attention

Steve Horgan says he has been working at Fenway for 20 years.

Steve Horgan says he has been working at Fenway for 20 years.

BOSTON — Boston police officer Steve Horgan never imagined that a simple gesture celebrating a Red Sox comeback would create such a buzz.

Horgan raised his arms in jubilation after David Ortiz's eighth-inning grand slam tied Sunday's AL Championship Series game against the Tigers and sparked the Red Sox to a 6-5 win. Photos captured Horgan's raised arms next to the upturned legs of Detroit RF Torii Hunter, who tumbled over the short wall into the bullpen while trying to catch the ball.

The result: a flood of attention and a name for his gesture: "Horganing."

Horgan, 50, a 27-year Boston police veteran, seemed stunned by the attention. "I'm humbled by it," he said Tuesday at Boston police headquarters.

The patrolman said he has been assigned to various duties at Fenway Park for 20 years. This is his first in the bullpen.

He said when he saw the ball coming, he thought Hunter would catch it. When he didn't, Horgan reacted instinctively.

"Because I'm a Sox fan, I just raised my arms," he said.

STREAK OVER: Tigers 3B Miguel Cabrera failed to reach base for the first time in 32 postseason games. The defending AL MVP, who has played through a variety of injuries, swung and missed at eight fastballs in his four at-bats, Boston's WEEI-FM reported.

NOT AMUSED: Cardinals RF Carlos Beltran didn't like Yasiel Puig's celebrations during Monday's NLCS Game 3. The Dodgers rookie celebrated his fourth-inning RBI triple twice, the first time after thinking his drive was going to leave the park. "As a player, I just think he doesn't know" how to act, Beltran said. "He must think that he's still playing somewhere else. … I think with time he'll learn that you've got to act with a little bit more calm."

UMP TRIBUTE: The umpiring crew at the ALCS lined up in missing-man formation during a moment of silence for umpire Wally Bell, who died Monday of an apparent heart attack.

RAYS NEWS: The Rays are expected to send minor-league LHP Sean Bierman and another player to the White Sox today to complete the July trade for RH reliever Jesse Crain. Bierman, a 2012 draftee from the University of Tampa, split 2013 between Class A Bowling Green and Charlotte, going 6-5, 2.55. Crain was acquired with a strained shoulder and did not recover in time to pitch for the Rays. He is expected to have a minor surgical procedure and will be a free agent.

ELSEWHERE: Rockies manager Walt Weiss agreed to a three-year contract extension.

Times staff writer Marc Topkin contributed to this report.

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