Third base coach John Russell's decision-making: Showalter has told the story many times about the third base coach that bragged to him that he had a great year because he didn't have one guy thrown out at the plate. Showalter's response was: "No, you had a bad year." We get it: Showalter wants his third base coaches to be aggressive and push the envelope. He defended Russell last night, but I cannot imagine he was too pleased to see Hardy get thrown out by four steps trying to score the game-winning run with one out in the ninth inning on Markakis' single to left. Mariners outfielder Mike Wilson came up with the ball in relatively shallow left even before Hardy had reached third base, and it was apparent that Hardy felt that he would be held up. "I didn't realize I [slowed down], and I looked at the replay and I could see that I did," Hardy said. "I don't want to say it was a late call, but I guess it did surprise me a little bit." First of all, it would have taken Wilson to throw the ball to the backstop or into either dugout for Hardy to have scored. Second, the Orioles would have had men on first and third and one out with Derrek Lee at the plate if Hardy was held. And finally, do you really want the shortstop to get in a collision at home plate in his first game back after a month on the DL? I remember Andino getting thrown at the plate by a wide margin last week in Kansas City. I have no problem with aggressiveness, but guys getting thrown out by three or four steps is impossible to defend.