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Orioles shortstop Cesar Izturis dropped a bloop single into center field for the 1,000th hit of his major league career and got a partial standing ovation. He also got a hug from Felix Pie when they crossed paths on the infield after the inning.

That was the highlight of the inning. The lowlight was Jake Fox getting thrown out at the plate trying to score from second on what was essentially an infield hit by Josh Bell. The ball appeared to be headed for center field, but it was knocked down by second baseman Gordon Beckham, who got up quickly and made an accurate one-hop throw to the plate to get Fox on a surprisingly close play.

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Fox apparently assumed the ball was going through and squandered a bases-loaded situation with Brian Roberts coming to the plate. It's the second day in a row that the O's have made a key baserunning mistake. Last night, Ty Wigginton got thrown out at third after inexplicably hesitating between second and third.

Shameless plug: Hey, I forgot to plug today's column on Buck Showalter, which you can find on the Web site right here.

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