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Man, I am watching them play ATL today and their defense is just beautiful. I really wish the Orioles could play defense that well. Among their exploits tonight, they picked a runner off second trying to stretch a looper over the infield into a double, and it was just a pure hustle play by the second baseman.

They picked a runner off first who took a wide turn because they hit a cutoff man who knew what his job was.

The firstbaseman fielded a dribbler and flipped it with the glove to the pitcher who barehanded it.

And Jack Wilson fielder a dribbler over the mound barehanded and threw it to first to get the runner.

Not to mention all of their fundamentals were perfect. If you get a chance to see a game watch it. Don't watch it for the offense or the pitching, but watch it for the great fundamental defense. Its something thats not played enough in MLB these days.

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It's interesting to note that since McCutchen's promotion, Nyjer Morgan has shifted back to a much more reasonable positioning in left. With McLouth in center, Morgan would regularly play about 80 feet off the line in left center to compensate for Nate's lack of range, and even with his speed, had a hard time getting to balls pulled down the line.

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