By playing an excellent third base, Manny Machado has eliminated a weakness in the Orioles' defense, which has performed significantly better in the second half of the season after having the most errors in the league in the first half.
Second baseman Roberts Andino corraled the ball and tossed to J.J. Hardy at second for the first out. Hardy threw to first, where first-base umpire Jerry Meals called Teixeira, who slid head-first into the base, out to end the game.
Baltimore Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis, who was hit by a pitch on his left hand in the fifth inning by Sabathia, will miss the rest of the regular season with a broken thumb. Markakis is expected to be out a minimum of six weeks.
And when you look at the Orioles¿ 7-1 win over the Royals on Friday night ¿ while Machado played a huge role, hitting his first two major league homers and driving in four ¿ the victory was a testament to the lesser-known moves that Duquette has made.
But don¿t let Machado¿s heroics overshadow the performance of another Orioles infielder. Second baseman Omar Quintanilla went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs, helping his team secure its sixth win in seven games. His homer in the second inning was perhaps the play of the game. It gave the Orioles a 2-1 lead, an advantage it wouldn¿t surrender.
Adam Jones' bases-loaded single in the 14th inning Tuesday night capped a four-hour, 55-minute test of survival, giving the Orioles their 12th straight extra-inning win, 8-7, over the Seattle Mariners.
Orioles infielder Robert Andino made his first start Friday since being activated from the disabled list before Tuesday's game, playing third base in the team's series opener against the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Orioles played .500 ball during that span, going 10-10 in that span and actually picked up 1 ½ games on the division leading Yankees. They're now lodged in a three-team tie 1 1/2 games behind the two AL Wild Card spots.
The Orioles suddenly find themselves with a logjam at second base after they reactivated Robert Andino from the disabled list on Tuesday. Andino, the starter for most of the season, now will compete with Omar Quintanilla for time at the position.
Orioles designated hitter Jim Thome will be put on the disabled list with neck spasms, Orioles manger Buck Showalter said on Tuesday. Second baseman Robert Andino has rejoined the club and will replace Thome on the roster. Andino is available to play in Tuesday night¿s game.
Orioles Second baseman Brian Roberts started a two-game rehabilitation stint with short-season Single-A Aberdeen on Saturday night and could be back with the major league club as early as this week if everything goes well with the IronBirds.
Orioles catcher Matt Wieters didn't start Friday night's game against the Oakland A's, but it wasn't because he is mired in a 1-for-30 slump. Wieters was held out of the lineup because of a tight right bicep muscle.
Orioles second baseman Robert Andino, currently on the 15-day disabled list with a left shoulder strain, appears far ahead of schedule on his recovery and could rejoin the team a week from today in Tampa Bay.
They were referring to the Orioles' two key hits with runners in scoring position in a five-run fifth inning, which fueled their 6-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. For a team that came in batting just .152 with runners in scoring position since June 14, those hits made the Orioles feel like they were suddenly cured.
By By David Selig and Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun