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Orioles pregame notes on Manny Machado, Steve Lombardozzi, Troy Patton and more
Orioles pregame notes on Manny Machado, Steve Lombardozzi, Troy Patton and more

During his pregame news conference, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he did not want third baseman Manny Machado to play 18 innings in his first day in the major leagues since injuring his left knee last Sept. 23. He also wasn’t keen on Machado playing the first game of Thursday's doubleheader, sitting for several innings and then using him late in the second game as a pinch-hitter or for defensive purposes. There were some other factors, too, Showalter said, but ultimately that was the reasoning for Machado sitting out the first game. Machado will start Game 2 and play third base. “We didn’t want him to sit in the locker room,” Showalter said. “We...

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