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Now in playoff race with Dodgers, Manny Machado says goodbye to Orioles and looks ahead

Now in playoff race with Dodgers, Manny Machado says goodbye to Orioles and looks ahead

In his last eight months as an Oriole — dating to December’s winter meetings when a trade first became a possibility — Manny Machado did everything he could to rise above the noise. But it was in a moment of silence the night of July 18 when he finally broke down, realizing he was no longer an Oriole when, packing up his locker inside an empty clubhouse at Camden Yards, he took off his nameplate.

“I took off my nametag and just lost it,” Machado said this past week as a visitor at Citizens Bank Park. “I had been there for eight years and it’s just been … it was the first time I broke down. I had to get out of there because it was going to get really ugly.”

Machado, 26, is a...

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