Machado hit .458 with two home runs, five RBIs, 18 total bases and a .519 on-base percentage last week as the Orioles won five of six games.
-- Second baseman Jonathan Schoop has rejoined the team and will work out with the major league club for the next four days. If all goes well, he will start a minor league rehab assignment at Double-A Bowie on Friday.
Schoop took grounders at second base before tonight’s game. He still had yet to play second base in a game – he was exclusively a designated hitter in extended spring training games – but Schoop said his right knee feels stronger than ever.
-- Outfielder-first baseman Chris Parmelee is here working out with the team today. He is on the Orioles’ taxi squad, so the team must make 25-man and 40-man roster space for Parmelee by tomorrow. Parmelee could have exercised an opt-out clause in his contract today, but the Orioles will add him.
Parmelee was hitting .312/.381/.444 with six homers and 32 RBIs at Triple-A Norfolk this season.
Adam Jones is still fifth among AL outfielders – the top three are elected to start – trailing Kansas City’s Alex Rios for fourth place. Rios has only played in 18 games this season and is hitting .197.
Machado is the only other Orioles player to be listed in the top five at his position, ranking fifth among AL third baseman.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter made his opinion on the balloting known before tonight’s game.
“There’s gotta be a virus in the computer,” Showalter said.
Showalter also wondered outloud how Royals second baseman Omar Infante – who is hitting .204 and is homerless in 53 games – is leading AL second baseman over Houston’s Jose Altuve and Cleveland’s Jason Kipnis.
“What’s he hitting, .204?” Showalter asked. “He must be having a heck of a defensive year.”
Here are the starting lineups for tonight’s game: