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Orioles hope return of Manny Machado's all-around game can put them squarely back into pennant race

Orioles hope return of Manny Machado's all-around game can put them squarely back into pennant race

Manny Machado is one of the game’s few talents who can carry a team with his bat and his glove. And as the Orioles attempt to get back into the playoff race with the nonwaiver trade deadline looming, there’s no coincidence that their recent surge correlates with their 25-year-old superstar third baseman finding his all-around game.

Machado made several sparkling defensive plays in the Orioles’ 5-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night, none more spectacular than a 5-4-3 double-play he started with second baseman Jonathan Schoop to help right-hander Kevin Gausman escape the first inning, an injection of life that fueled Gausman to six scoreless innings.

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