Wieters playing up two-steal evening

Wieters playing up two-steal evening

Wieters playing up two-steal evening
ST. PETERSBURG -- Following a two-steal night, Orioles catcher Matt Wieters didn't hesitate to give his teammates a little good-natured ribbing.

"He's playing it up pretty good right now," manager Buck Showalter said Saturday night of Wieters, who is now fourth on the team with three steals on the season, third among active Orioles. "He's got some people trailing him right now. He's telling them to read the box score tomorrow, that there will be two next to his name."

Wieters -- who entered the game with just two stolen bases in his career -- became the first O's catcher since Johnny Oates on June 10, 1972, to record a multi-steal game. He also threw out Sam Fuld, becoming the first O's catcher since Ramon Hernandez in 2006 to record a stolen base and throw out a runner in the same game.

Wieters was thrown out at the plate after his third-inning steal, as he tried to score from second on a single. Asked if he was gassed from running on the basepaths, Wieters -- who was out by a pretty good margin at home plate -- said "No, I'm just not that fast."

The 26-year-old Wieters served as designated hitter on Sunday afternoon and, while it was already pre-planned, it didn't stop Showalter from joking that he had to DH the catcher because his legs were so tired.

"There's so many guys that don't run well that don't try to run" Showalter said. "Matty tries to run. He runs the bases well, just not at the same pace as some other people."