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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | July 6, 2013
Manny Machado before 21 •He has 118 hits, second in the major leagues behind the Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera, who has 120. •His 38 doubles have him on pace for 71, which would break Earl Webb's single-season MLB record of 67, set in 1931 for the Boston Red Sox. •His 34 multi-hit games tie him for the major league lead with the Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout and the St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Carpenter. •His .316 batting average is tied seventh in the American League.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2014
I just saw a commercial for pulled pork pizza from Papa John's. Can anyone confirm whether that is worth eating? I feel like it's a great idea, but the execution needs to be there. In return for your assistance, I will compile the day's local sports headlines in the Coffee Companion, as I do most days but did not do yesterday. - Manny Machado provided his first bit of Orioles Magic last night, getting his first walk-off hit in the form of a 12th-inning home run in a 7-6 win over the Angels . I wish he would have pimped it a little more, but that's just me. It's a typical Orioles win, if you think back to 2012, but Dan Connolly believes this team is better than that one . - There was plenty of off-field news, including a wild Hollywood Reporter article about the dispute over MASN money that could have huge long-term affects on the organization, and some trade deadline notes.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | July 8, 2013
Sometimes, when you write for a newspaper, you can't always get certain specific game details into a game story because of space constraints, deadlines or story angle. That happened Sunday afternoon, when the Orioles rallied in the ninth inning on an Adam Jones homer off the great Mariano Rivera and the embattled Jim Johnson closed the door to secure the 2-1 victory. What happened in the ninth inning became my story angle for Monday's newspaper - and some other game details that were included in the original online story had to be cut. So one of the better defensive plays made this year wasn't mentioned in the final version of my game story because it had no real bearing on the outcome of the Orioles' win. In the sixth inning, Yankees third baseman Luis Cruz hit a ball that was tailing down the third base line.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2014
He's only 22, but Orioles third baseman Manny Machado said his memory's a little fuzzy. He doesn't think he has ever hit a walk-off home run before, not as an amateur and probably not as a minor leaguer. He knows for sure he had never hit one in the major leagues until the 12th inning Tuesday night, when he launched a hanging breaking ball from Los Angeles Angels right-hander Cory Rasmus into the left-field seats to give the Orioles a 7-6 victory at Camden Yards. As Rasmus (2-1)
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April 16, 2013
Video from Manny Machado's impressive ninth-inning barehanded play in Tuesday night's 5-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.   Your browser does not support iframes.
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By Matt Vensel | June 17, 2013
With 19 days remaining until Manny Machado's 21st birthday, Elias Sports Bureau and its number-crunching competitors are running out of time to come up with age-20 stats for the Orioles' prodigious third baseman. Here's the latest: If Machado, who has 99 hits this season, gets his 100th tonight in Detroit, he will tie Ty Cobb (100 hits in 71 games in 1907) and Alex Rodriguez (ditto in 1996) for the third-fewest number of games to reach 100 hits in a season by a player under 21, according to Elias.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 17, 2013
Before today's game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Orioles manager Buck Showalter got on top of his pregame soapbox and talked about how most barehanded plays don't need to be made. He reminisced about his days as an analyst at ESPN and about how he thought the network too often fell in love with a barehanded play that was more style than substance. But third baseman Manny Machado's ninth-inning barehanded throwout of  Desmond Jennings in Tuesday's 5-4 win over Tampa Bay wasn't one of those plays.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 23, 2013
After seeing Orioles third baseman Manny Machado crumble to the ground beyond the first base bag with an apparent left leg injury on Monday afternoon, some of Machado's teammates reacted on Twitter following the Orioles' 5-4 walk-off loss in Tampa Bay. While Machado was running out a ball in the top of the seventh inning in Tampa Bay, it appeared that Machado's left knee buckled and gave way as his foot came across the outside of the first-base bag....
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | July 8, 2013
The Orioles four All Stars - Chris Davis, Adam Jones, J.J. Hardy and Manny Machado -- met with the media before Monday's game. After talking about their All-Star selections, the group was asked about the 21-year-old Machado's defense and, specifically, the play he made Sunday in New York in which a grounder kicked off his glove into foul territory. Machado grabbed the ball and, with his momentum taking him six, eight, 10 feet into foul territory, turned and, on his back foot, threw a laser to first for the out.  The quartet was asked whether that was Machado's best defensive play as a big leaguer - he joined the club last August - and the press conference turned into a mini-roundtable symposium on Machado's glove.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2014
Are you an Orioles fan? What about an Orioles fan who enjoys team-related salsa with your chips? Or are you part of the even smaller subset that prefers to buy your team-related salsa in person, as opposed to over the scary Internet? Diehard player-affiliated salsa aficionados, your day has come. Orioles third baseman Manny Machado will be formally unveiling his Machado's Salsa brand on Tuesday afternoon at 12:45 p.m. at the Pikesville Giant, located at 3757 Old Court Road - the rare election day media event that will be worth attending, I'm sure.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2014
When Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman walked off the mound after the fourth inning Wednesday, moments after third baseman Manny Machado turned in another stunning defensive gem, the rookie said he wasn't dreaming of his potential moment in history. Gausman just wanted to pitch as long as he could and get his team the win - something he did in the Orioles' 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels at Camden Yards. Sure, Gausman had retired 12 straight hitters to begin what was just the 15th start of his major league career and, sure, Machado and right fielder Nick Markakis had already delivered highlight-reel defensive plays that are often made in no-hitters or perfect games.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 28, 2014
SEATTLE - The Orioles just finished a grueling 10-game road trip against three powers of the American League West with a 6-4 record and series wins in Anaheim and Seattle. It might have been the toughest stretch on the road this year, and the Orioles passed the test. But now they will have to face the Angels and the Mariners at home for a pair of three-game sets at Camden Yards. “It's going to be a memory by the time we leave here because we have two of the best teams in the American League coming in,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said following the Orioles' 3-2, 10-inning win over the Mariners on Sunday.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 27, 2014
SEATTLE -- The Orioles' 10-game West Coast road trip was a major test whether they could hold their own while playing against three playoff-caliber teams across the country. The trip was characterized by closely contested games - seven were decided by two runs or fewer - in which strong pitching and clutch hitting was often the difference. And on Sunday afternoon, as the sun set on what might be their most grueling stretch away from home this season, the Orioles finished the road trip with a 3-2 victory in 10 innings over the Seattle Mariners in front of an announced 26,523 at Safeco Field.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2014
OAKLAND, Calif. - Orioles closer Zach Britton hadn't allowed a run over his previous 10 outings heading into the ninth inning of Friday night's series opener against the Oakland Athletics, converting six straight save opportunities along the way. Britton had slid into the role of closer nicely in the first half of the season, but in his first appearance since the All-Star break, a save opportunity turned into a disaster in just six pitches....
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2014
Before Friday night's game against the Oakland Athletics, Orioles manager Buck Showalter talked about how difficult it is to get a reliever back into a routine after the All-Star break. “It's always a tough time because you have bullpen guys who have had six, seven days off, and you're trying to get everybody back in the flow,” Showalter said. “It's hard. You don't even have this in the start of the season because you try to make sure everybody's got a couple days off, but not too many days off. This is always a tough time for bullpens around baseball, getting them in the flow.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 2014
I would want a decent-sized break in the middle if I played baseball every day from March to October too, but since I don't, I can fairly say that this week is unbearable and I'm glad sports are back tonight. You can tell how little has happened in the past day by all the analysis found in the Coffee Companion, where we recap the previous day's sports headlines. - The Orioles open the second half with three games in Oakland, the team that was responsible for Manny Machado's reputation taking a hit but ultimately might have also sparked his turnaround this year.
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By Matt Vensel | July 11, 2011
Orioles infield prospects Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop played in the MLB Futures Game on Sunday night. Schoop, a second baseman, had a single in his only at-bat as the United States team beat the World, 6-4. Machado, one of the top prospects in baseball, went 0-for-2, but he made a fine defensive play at shortstop. Unfortunately, I can't embed the video because Major League Baseball won't allow me, but you can check out his sweet scoop and throw here . While you're at it, here is video of him taking batting pratice beforehand.
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Baltimore Sun staff | July 8, 2012
The Orioles' top two prospects turned in solid performances Sunday in the MLB Futures Game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. Dylan Bundy, the Orioles' first-round draft pick in 2011, picked up the win for the U.S. in its 17-5 win over the World. The right-handed starter gave up three hits but pitched a scoreless fourth for the victory. Manny Machado, the O's first-round draft choice in 2010, went 1-for-3 with a double that scored two U.S. runners in a nine-run sixth inning.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 2014
OAKLAND, Calif. - After throwing off a mound for the first time since going on the disabled list with a sprained right ankle, Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez could pitch a minor league rehabilitation game by the middle of next week, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Friday. Jimenez tested his ankle with a bullpen session during the Orioles' post-All-Star-break workout in Oakland on Thursday and was pleased with the progress of his recovery. He will throw another bullpen session Sunday.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 2014
OAKLAND, CALIF. - Any question as to whether Oakland Athletics fans had forgotten about Manny Machado's bat toss and confrontation with A's third baseman Josh Donaldson last month were answered quickly Friday night in the Orioles' series opener here.  Oakland fans booed Machado every opportunity they got from pregame introductions to the first time he ran out to his position at third base in the bottom of the first inning. When Machado threw out Yoenis Cespedes to end the bottom of the third, the crowd booed from the time he fielded the ball all the way into the dugout.
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