Although Mychal Givens’ past four outings have ended in saves, three of them of at least four outs, Orioles manager Brandon Hyde has emphasized this week that Givens’ responsibility is not the ninth inning, but the game’s biggest outs.
The Orioles’ Manny Machado continues to lead in American League All-Star voting at shortstop and has increased his hold on the top spot from a week ago in voting results released Tuesday by Major League Baseball.
The first results released of American League All-Star voting show the Orioles' Manny Machado leading at shortstop by 110,000 over the Indians' Francisco Lindor. No other Oriole shows up among the leaders.
Perhaps it was inevitable that the Yankees and Red Sox would re-establish dominance over the rest of the American League East at some point, after the Orioles, Blue Jays and Rays each experienced a rise in recent years.
Chris Davis and Mark Trumbo are working to rebound from frustrating performances last season, and it’s impossible to understate what it would mean for the Orioles if both of them had big bounce-back seasons in 2018.