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Stephen Cannella
April 16, 2001
April 7 Orioles 4, Indians 2
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April 16, 2001

In The Box

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April 7
Orioles 4, Indians 2

Frantic late-inning shifting of outfielders is the managerial equivalent of using sandbags to stop a tsunami, and it works about as often. Imagine Ellis Burks's surprise, then, when the Orioles pulled off a last-gasp gambit to keep him from scoring the winning run from third base for the Indians last Saturday. After Cleveland loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning and a righthanded hitter due up, Baltimore manager Mike Hargrove moved leftfielder Delino DeShields behind second base, just at the edge of the infield dirt, centerfielder Melvin Mora to the gap in right center and rightfielder Brady Anderson, who has a stronger throwing arm than DeShields, to shallow left. Indians pinch hitter Jolbert Cabrera then hit a fly ball near the leftfield line; Anderson ran it down and fired home to nail Burks, who had tagged up and was trying to score. A 2-2 tie preserved, Baltimore scored twice in the top of the Nth to win the game. "He had to make a perfect throw," Burks said of Anderson's strike. "I was shocked the ball was there."