Adam Jones made Minnesota pay for walking Manny Machado in front of him, working a full count before lacing a two-run single into left field off Twins closer Kevin Jepsen, sending the Orioles to their third straight win, 5-3, in front of an announced 21,586 at Target Field.
The Washington Nationals' decision to get Strasburg signed now might be another sign that the assumptions about the market for baseball's top potential free agents have changed, which could impact when young superstars Manny Machado and Bryce Harper get the megacontracts they almost certainly will command and just how much those deals will cost.
Buck Showalter's change of heart to start Manny Machado at shortstop in Tuesday's series opener against the New York Yankees, the Orioles' first game without injured starter J.J. Hardy, might have seemed like an impromptu call. But there was plenty of rationale behind the Orioles manager's decision.
The Orioles¿ rotation issues grew deeper on Friday night as right-hander Yovani Gallardo suffered his shortest outing in nearly four years, lasting just two innings in the Orioles¿ 4-2 loss to the defending World Series champion Kansas City Royals.
Manny Machado's scalding start to the season might not be that surprising to those who have seen the Orioles third baseman blossom into one of the game's top young stars. But even Machado's teammates express wonderment over his consistency at the plate over the team's first 14 games. Machado entered Friday's series opener against the Kansas City Royals leading the major leagues with a .407 batting average and 24 hits. His .780 slugging percentage and 1.251 OPS led American League hitters and
Manny Machado's scalding start to the season might not be that surprising to those who have seen the Orioles third baseman blossom into one of the game's top young stars. But even Machado's teammates possess some wonderment about how Machado has been so consistent at the plate over the team's first 14 games. Machado entered Friday's series opener against the Kansas City Royals leading the major leagues with a .407 batting average and 24 hits. His .780 slugging percentage and 1.251 OPS led all
The beginning of 2016 has been one of those times. Machado had a league-leading 15 hits entering Thursday's game at the Texas Rangers, with three home runs and three doubles helping him to a team-high 1.281 OPS.
On the first-inning twin-killing in question, third baseman Manny Machado tried to tag Boston center fielder Mookie Betts out on his way to third base, but Betts, who had been running in what would have been the throwing lane to second base, fell to avoid the tag. Machado instead threw to second baseman Jonathan Schoop to get the out there. As that was all happening, shortstop J.J. Hardy ran to cover third base. Schoop threw back to third, and Hardy applied the tag to end the inning.
Everyone in the Orioles' clubhouse has done the mental math and seems to have an idea of what a breakout season for the 24-year-old Jonathan Schoop in 2016 will look like. Only Manny Machado will say it. "I think he's capable of winning the Gold Glove, and he's capable of winning the Silver Slugger."
Batting third in an Orioles lineup that was without some of its projected heart of the order Friday against the New York Yankees, third baseman Manny Machado gave ammunition to those who think he¿s better suited to move down from the leadoff spot.
Perhaps in a more perfect baseball world, it wouldn't be necessary to start counting the days until it will be too late to sign one of baseball's best young players to a lengthy contract extension. Manny Machado is only through his first winter of arbitration eligibility, but the hottest topic during his first interview session of the spring was how the Orioles' big offseason spending spree might affect his chances of staying in Baltimore well past the 2018 season.
A Manny Machado garden gnome, replica jerseys of the 1966 World Series champion Orioles and a pair of bobblehead giveaways highlight the Orioles' 2016 promotions and giveaway schedule, which the team released Thursday afternoon.
Chris Davis is signed through 2022. Adam Jones is locked up through 2018 and would like to sign an extension. Manny Machado is under team control for three more seasons and Jonathan Schoop for four. J.J Hardy has two more guaranteed years and a vesting option for 2018. That's called stability, and guaranteeing it over a significant period is a major step toward being a regular participant in the postseason.
The Orioles agreed to one-year contracts for 2016 with star third baseman Manny Machado, starters Chris Tillman and Miguel Gonzalez, and infielder Ryan Flaherty ahead of Friday¿s deadline to exchange salary-arbitration figures, according to industry sources.
Jake Arrieta has a legitimate chance to win the NL Cy Young Award tonight, there's a couple of Buck Showlater connection in the manager of the year awards, David Ortiz is retiring and Manny Machado missed on the Platinum Gold Glove.