"That's what I was out there to do," said Avery, who is six of nine in stolen base attempts in 27 games with the Orioles this year. "I had to try and get into scoring position. It was unfortunate that I was the last out, but I had to get out there and make an attempt."
Despite his speed, Avery said he doesn't have the green light in every situation. He waits for instruction. But he wanted to run Friday and got the OK. And said it won't discourage him from doing it again.
"Buck has to make a lot of decisions. And when there's a game on the line, a lot of the decisions are going to come from him," Avery said. "But I get the green light, I'm going to take my chances. Just because I got caught yesterday, doesn't mean I'm going to be scared."
That's the attitude that Showalter wants.