Tejada forced to pay attention

Third baseman Miguel Tejada fielded Aaron Hill’s blistering ground ball with one out in the third, tapped his glove twice and threw to second for the force.

That’s fine, but what about the double play?

Julio Lugo threw late to first, extending the inning and tacking two more pitches on Chris Tillman’s line, raising the right-hander’s total to 50.

Adam Lind grounded out, so no damage was done, but it appeared that Tejada lost track of the outs and thought he only needed the force. It should have been a routine double play.

Third base coach Juan Samuel talked to Tejada after the inning. Manager Dave Trembley talked to Samuel. MASN play-by-play man Gary Thorne noted that Trembley glared at Tejada as the third baseman ducked inside the tunnel.

I don’t ask for a lot in this world, but I like my baseball players to keep track of the outs - especially one of the veteran leaders in the clubhouse, and especially after the Orioles embarrassing display in the first inning last night.

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