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What they're saying about the Orioles

USA Today's fantasy blog wrote this week about Orioles prospect Manny Machado and his rapid improvement .

Though he does not turn 19 until just after the Fourth of July, Machado is hitting a fine .277-6-24 over 145 at-bats for Delmarva of the Class A South Atlantic League in his first full professional season. His performance earned him a trip to Tuesday night's South Atlantic League All-Star Game, where he played alongside Harper.

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The young shortstop has 23 walks to 25 strikeouts, a terrific number for someone with such limited pro experience. Everything here points to success, although it's still too early to project when he might debut at Camden Yards.

• SI's John Heyman rated the 39 pitchers on the trade market at the moment, and three Orioles made the list: Jeremy Guthrie, Kevin Gregg and Michael Gonzalez.

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12. Jeremy Guthrie, Orioles SP. He's been the ace of a losing team his whole career, which explains his 40-57 career record (he's 2-9 with a 3.79 ERA this year) but maybe it's time he reported to the back-end of a contender instead.

• Former Reds GM and current ESPN analyst Jim Bowden picked his 2011 All-Star teams this week. The only Oriole to make his list was catcher Matt Wieters, while Adam Jones and Zach Britton were listed as snubs.

Adam Jones, Baltimore Orioles. He deserved to be in the game over both Cuddyer and Gordon, but the Twins and Royals by rule have to be represented in the game.

Zach Britton, Baltimore Orioles. He has one of the best sinkers in the AL.

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