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With 20 homers, Manny Machado joins exclusive company among Orioles

With 20 homers, Manny Machado joins exclusive company among Orioles

When third baseman Manny Machado learned that his home run Saturday night made him the first 23-year-old Orioles player to have a 20-homer season since Cal Ripken Jr. in 1983, he broke into a wide smile. Machado is the sixth-youngest Oriole to reach the milestone in a season, joining such franchise standouts as Ripken, Eddie Murray, Boog Powell and rookies of the year Curt Blefary and Ron Hansen. "Any time you bring up those names it is something that is an honor," Machado said. "There's much respect to them. And I'm just blessed to be healthy, honestly, and be able to go out there and perform every day and just be able to play the game I love." Machado,...

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