The Orioles got their first look at Cesar Izturis as a defensive difference-maker on Monday, when the slick-fielding shortstop made a play that saved a run and some momentum.
The Yankees were down three runs and threatening in the seventh inning, when Derek Jeter hit a two-out grounder back up the middle. Izturis ranged toward second base and made a diving stop, and when Xavier Nady rounded too far off third, Izturis threw behind him.
The result was an easy out on a ball that could’ve gone up the middle and drawn the road team within two runs. Furthermore, it was a play the Orioles never would’ve made last season.