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With runners on first and second and only one out, Jones hit a blooper toward shallow right field that logged a 1.752-second hang time. Teixeira reacted almost immediately, registering a .084-second first step time compared to a slightly slower .117-second first step from second baseman Stephen Drew.
Though Drew obviously reached a higher maximum speed of 17.623 mph (compared to Teixeira's 15.129 mph), the fact that he reacted a fraction slower -- on top of already being positioned closer to second base for a possible double play -- meant it was up to Teixeira to make the play.
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The five-time Gold Glove Award winner was up to the challenge, making the basket catch to help thwart a potential O's rally. Without that lightning quick first step, however, it may not have been possible.
Paul Casella is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.