Orioles rookie Xavier Avery, who was caught stealing in the ninth inning to end Friday’s 3-2 loss to the Oakland A’s, said he had the green light to steal second in Chris Davis’ at-bat if he thought he could make it. And he thought he could – in fact, he still thinks he was safe on the game-ender at second base.
“That’s what I was out there to do,” said Avery, who is six of nine in stolen base attempts in 27 games with the Orioles this year. “I had to try and get into scoring position. It was unfortunate that I was the last out, but I had to get out there and make an attempt.”
Despite his speed, Avery said he doesn’t have the green light in every situation. He waits for instruction. But he wanted to run Friday and got the OK. And said it won’t discourage him from doing it again.