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Andino’s hands-on grab highlights victory

August 24, 2011

By Jordan Schelling / MLB.com

MINNEAPOLIS — You would never guess that Robert Andino was making just his 11th career start at third base on Wednesday, judging by the fantastic catch he made in the sixth inning of the O’s 6-1 victory over the Twins.As he raced toward the stands to catch a foul pop from Justin Morneau, Andino was running out of room with only a few feet between him and the Target Field tarp.

Just before he reached the tarp, Andino appeared to have overrun the ball just a bit, so he reached up and made a barehanded grab over his shoulder. As impressive as the catch was, Andino made it look like it was no big deal, as if he had planned it that way.

“Oh, it was great,” Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie said. “It surprised me. He was running over there and running over there, and I thought it was out of play at first. Then I could kind of tell he overran it, as he started reaching back. It was just a real athletic play.”

As he walked back to the infield, Andino had a big smile on his face.

“He said he overran it and couldn’t get his glove back in time,” Orioles first baseman Mark Reynolds said. “It was pretty cool.”

Said Reynolds when asked if he would have made a similar play: “Oh no, I’ve got to use my glove as much as I can.”

Jordan Schelling is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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