BALTIMORE -- It was hard to overlook Orioles third-base coach DeMarlo Hale emphatically waving home J.J. Hardy in the third inning of Monday night's American League Division Series contest against the Yankees.
But Hardy did miss Hale's windmilling, a mistake that likely cost the Orioles a run in their eventual 3-2 victory.
Chris Davis had just come through with the game's biggest hit, a two-run single off Andy Pettitte to put Baltimore ahead, 2-1. Adam Jones followed with a ground ball to the right of shortstop Derek Jeter, who couldn't make the play. But Hardy, running from second base, thought otherwise and held up at third when it appeared he could have scored easily as the ball died in the outfield grass.
"I looked back and I thought Jeter fielded it and I thought the only play he had was to throw it to third base and get me when I rounded," said Hardy, who did not see Hale's signal. "It turns out he didn't field it, and I looked like an idiot."
When Hardy got to third, New York's Alex Rodriguez faked receiving a throw. That also might have contributed to Hardy's confusion, although he said he didn't notice Rodriguez either.
As for Rodriguez, he said the "deke play" isn't something he practices.
"Sometimes you're out there and you get creative," he said. "You hope for a miracle and we got one there."