The Orioles made the announcement late Wednesday night -- a press release was sent at 11:24 p.m. -- allowing the news to get into final editions of newspapers as well as quickly filter through the internet. Those who didn't hear the news Wednesday night woke up to it Thursday morning.
Not that is was intended, but it's also interesting that Machado's first start will likely come on the same night as the Ravens' first preseason game in Atlanta. which will be televised locally.
The Royals are one of the worst road draws in the baseball, ranking 28th out of 30 big league clubs in average road attendance (28,203).
It will be interesting to see the response. The surging Orioles have won five straight, are nine games over .500 for the first time since late June and now sit in a three-way tie for the top AL Wild-Card spot.
Add in the debut of Machado, one of the most anticipated Orioles prospects in recent memory (along with fellow top prospect Dylan Bundy), and it should make for an interesting night at Camden Yards.