Third baseman Manny Machado batted seventh Wednesday against the Red Sox. Showalter explained that he dropped Machado in the order because Steve Pearce is hitting well, not because of Machado's recent struggles at the plate. Machado was hitless in his previous 15 at-bats entering Wednesday, including a strikeout to end Tuesday's game. … Adam Jones returned to center field Wednesday after he served as the designated hitter in the last two games because of general soreness. He hit an RBI double in the first inning Wednesday. … The Orioles aren't announcing their draft signings until physicals are passed, but Showalter said the club had a "high percentage of commitments." On Wednesday night, fourth-round selection Pat Connaughton tweeted a picture from Camden Yards with the word, "Home??" Connaughton, a right-hander from Notre Dame, will be allowed to play basketball for the Fighting Irish in the 2014-15 season. … Showalter said right-hander Brad Brach, who was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk before Monday's game, will be a reliever, not a starter, with the Tides. The decision helps the organization to limit his innings and give the Orioles more flexibility if they promote him in the future. … Major League Baseball, Target and People magazine announced Wednesday the 90 finalists in the All-Star Teachers campaign. Three teachers were selected as finalists for each club. The Orioles' finalists are Thomas Arentz of Sparrows Point High in Baltimore County, Catherine Thorson of Georgetown East Elementary in Anne Arundel County and Brian Raska of Minnieville Elementary in Woodbridge Va. Fans are encouraged to visit AllStarTeachers.com to vote on their favorite stories through June 29. One winner from each club will be selected to take part in pregame festivities at the All-Star Game in July.