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Jace Peterson doubled -- quite appropriately -- off the second-base bag

Jace Peterson has only been with the Orioles since Tuesday, but he's already been involved in three of their strangest plays of the young season. He got the start at second base for Friday night's 6-0 victory over the Tigers and had a good day at the plate by going 2-for-4 with an RBI. Seems like a fairly unremarkable day, right?
Well, the first of Peterson's hits was definitely not normal. In the bottom of the sixth, he smoked a pitch from Mike Fiers back up the middle, but it looked like shortstop José Iglesias would probably make a play on it -- that is, until the ball took an unusual carom:

The ball ricocheted off the second-base bag and into right field for a very lucky hit. Give Peterson credit for that double though, as he really hustled to make it in safely.
"Those are some things that weren't happening for us that were happening for the other team," manager Buck Showalter said to's Brittany Ghiroli. "It's not like we need a ball to hit the bag.
"I can give you about 10 other [examples] like that. But you can't let it creep in. We keep talking about all that stuff working in our favor, tonight. Got some things that kinda went our way."
That wasn't all for Peterson, though. A couple batters later, Chris Davis was at the plate with Peterson still on second and two outs. The count was 3-1 and the Tigers were in a defensive shift, so Peterson decided to get an early jump on the pitch with no one really close to third base. Fiers still had the ball but couldn't do anything about it:

It was simply a case of Peterson sensing an opportunity. "In that situation, I would have liked to go a bit before, but with the matchup, I thought that I didn't want to take the bag, and feel like I'd rather have the lefty on the righty to hit right there," he said. "But once they take a shift on the way over, it's wide open. So he was doing the wheel-around to try to get me, but nobody was at third.
"So when a team shifts like that you try to find a way to take advantage of it."
It was a savvy play by Peterson and, remarkably, the second day in a row in which he swiped third on a shifted infield. He pulled off a similarly sneaky steal against Chris Archer and the Rays on Thursday:

Peterson had stolen third before, but never in a way like the past couple days. "Those were some of the two easiest I've gotten for sure," he said. "So I'll take them."
Fortune favors the bold, and so fortune favors Jace Peterson.