FREDERICK – Playing his first minor league rehab game Friday night for the Orioles’ high Class-A affiliate in Frederick, Manny Machado had to wait through a 62-minute rain delay that forced the Orioles to move him from third base to designated hitter as a precaution because of the wet field.
But when Machado stepped to the plate in an actual game for the first time since his season ended last September, the Orioles’ All-Star and Gold Glove winner picked up where he left off.
Machado had extra-base hits in each of his first three at bats Friday night, hitting two doubles and a triple, and scoring twice against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.
In his first at bat, Machado – who led the American League last season with 51 doubles -- lined a 1-2 pitch the other way down the right-field line for a stand-up double.
Machado then followed with a triple in his second at bat, speeding around the bases when he hit a 2-0 pitch deep down the right-field line that bounced just into the right-field line.
He launched the first pitch of his third at bat off the center field wall for a stand-up double.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun