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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
All the postseason math - all the talk of magic numbers and scoreboard watching - is now a thing of the past. Just one win now separates the Orioles and their first American League East division title since 1997. Opening up their three-game series with the second-place Toronto Blue Jays on Monday night at Camden Yards, the Orioles' path to the postseason was simple: Win two of the games and punch a ticket to the playoffs. And the Orioles took one humongous step Monday toward winning the division with their 5-2 win over Toronto, giving the club an opportunity to clinch a division title with a win Tuesday.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
Roughly two weeks ago, first baseman Christian Walker was at Camden Yards picking up his Brooks Robinson Minor League Player of the Year Award. On Wednesday, he was in the Orioles' starting lineup, batting seventh and playing first base in his major league debut. “I'm just really excited. I'm really happy to be here, and I'm glad they decided I was going to come up,” Walker said. “I'm looking forward to anything that lies ahead in the next few weeks.” Walker, 23, hit .288 with a .357 on-base percentage, a .489 slugging percentage, 26 homers and 96 RBIs in 139 games at Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk this year.
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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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September 17, 2014
Not long ago, it was suggested by more than one sportswriter that the Baltimore Orioles would never again win the American League East. Not merely because they were bad (although during the post-1997 cellar-dwelling years, they certainly were) but because the checkbook-advantaged franchises in New York and Boston had too great an advantage in the age of free agency. So that raucous celebration by players and fans alike Tuesday evening at Camden Yards after the Orioles clinched the division with an 8-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays was understandable and well-deserved.
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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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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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Peter Schmuck | September 16, 2014
It's almost hard to get your arms around. Three years ago, the Orioles were a divisional doormat with a 14-year losing streak and a frustrated fan base that didn't know if the franchise would ever figure out which way was up. Six months ago, they were a projected third-place team - at best - with a one-dimensional offense and a questionable pitching staff. Today, they are American League East champions and they are headed for the postseason with a chance to reach the World Series for the first time since 1983.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 16, 2014
Somehow, some way, the Orioles are the 2014 American League East champions. With the embattled Ubaldo Jimenez going five innings for the victory and scrap-heap addition Jimmy Paredes hitting a solo homer and cut-and-re-signed first baseman Steve Pearce smashing a three-run blast, the Orioles won Tuesday night's clincher, 8-2, over the Toronto Blue Jays the way they've done it all year. Power, good pitching and a pass-the-baton offense - which included a three-run triple by scorching newcomer Alejandro De Aza in the seventh to put the game and title out of reach.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
All the postseason math - all the talk of magic numbers and scoreboard watching - is now a thing of the past. Just one win now separates the Orioles and their first American League East division title since 1997. Opening up their three-game series with the second-place Toronto Blue Jays on Monday night at Camden Yards, the Orioles' path to the postseason was simple: Win two of the games and punch a ticket to the playoffs. And the Orioles took one humongous step Monday toward winning the division with their 5-2 win over Toronto, giving the club an opportunity to clinch a division title with a win Tuesday.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2014
The Orioles' final homestand of the regular season was supposed to be one of celebration. With the opportunity to celebrate their first American League East title since 1997 among their hometown crowd at Camden Yards, Friday's day-night doubleheader against the New York Yankees offered a chance to take two sizable steps toward a postseason berth. But before they took the field for the first game of their seven-game stay in Baltimore, the atmosphere was subdued with news that Chris Davis had been handed a 25-game suspension, part of which will be served in the postseason should the Orioles get there, for a second failed drug test for an amphetamine.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2014
The Orioles' final homestand of the regular season was supposed to be one of celebration. All signs pointed to the club's clinching its first American League East title since 1997 at Camden Yards, and Friday's split doubleheader against the New York Yankees gave the Orioles a chance to take two more sizable steps toward the postseason. Instead, their clubhouse was rocked Friday morning by the news that infielder Chris Davis, one of the team's most popular and recognizable players, had been handed a 25-game suspension for a second failed drug test for an amphetamine.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2014
Orioles infielder Chris Davis, Major League Baseball's most prodigious home run hitter last season and an outspoken opponent of performing-enhancing drugs, was suspended for 25 games Friday by the league for testing positive for the drug Adderall. It was his second failed test for an amphetamine in his career. The suspension began Friday before the first-place Orioles' doubleheader against the New York Yankees at Camden Yards and will last beyond the first round of the playoffs, assuming the Orioles make the postseason.
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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 Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2014
With the Orioles closing in on their first division title in 17 years, the resilient ballclub found out Friday its pennant run would not include slugging first baseman Chris Davis, who Major League Baseball suspended 25 games for a drug policy violation. “I can't speak for everybody, but I'm sure guys are disappointed to lose such a big part of our team like that at this time of year,” said Orioles pitcher Darren O'Day, who was Davis' teammate for three seasons with the Texas Rangers before both came to the Orioles.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2014
The news that Chris Davis had been suspended 25 games for a violation of Major League Baseball's drug policy was still fresh Friday morning, as was the reality that the Orioles likely will be without one of their power bats for the rest of the year. But with the first game of the club's split doubleheader against the New York Yankees hours away, Orioles manager Buck Showalter had to quickly turn his focus to his lineup card. A club closing in on its first division title since 1997 already has overcome several obstacles, including season-ending injuries to cornerstone players Matt Wieters and Manny Machado, but now the Orioles' postseason dreams will have to be realized without Davis, whose suspension would end, at the earliest, late in the American League Championship Series.
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