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What the pending return of Manny Machado means for the Orioles

What the pending return of Manny Machado means for the Orioles

Orioles manager Buck Showalter, with a bit of relief in his voice, said after Wednesday’s 7-2 win over the San Diego Padres that his team “got through this four-game stretch without Manny” Machado.

The All-Star infielder finished his four-game suspension for his role in this month's fight with Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura, and he is eligible to return Friday against the Tampa Bay Rays.

The preceding four games, which spanned three opponents and included a one-off road trip to Texas for a makeup game, was a difficult one for the team. It played those games down a bench player because of Machado’s suspension, and had other roster...

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