Josh Bell

After tumultuous offseason, Orioles' Manny Machado enjoying 'awesome' start to spring

After tumultuous offseason, Orioles' Manny Machado enjoying 'awesome' start to spring

Three months ago, it was unclear if the Orioles would be embarking on this spring training with infielder Manny Machado among their ranks at all.

Now that they have him, freshly motivated with his desire to move to shortstop accommodated and the free-agency finish line that has loomed over him for years in sight, they're seeing a form of Machado they've rarely seen in Sarasota, Fla.

Machado, playing in his fifth Grapefruit League game, swatted his second home run Friday as part of a three-hit, four-RBI day as the Orioles' starters left with a 10-7 lead over the Pittsburgh Pirates before 5,265 at Ed Smith Stadium.

He added a double down...

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