After a contentious week in Boston, MLB has decided that one of the main storylines of the week, the targeting of Manny Machado, has a conclusion.
That is a wholly unsatisfying conclusion for Orioles fans who have seen their star targeted by opposing pitches. Sale supposedly "lost his grip" on the pitch that went behind Machado's knees.
MLB sets a dangerous precedent here as it looked clear Sale's pitch was retaliation against Machado.
In any event, both teams moved on and the Orioles are hosting the White Sox, Sale's former team, this weekend.
Stay tuned for more updates from the weekend at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
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BALTIMORE -- Orioles closer Zach Britton ruptured his right Achilles tendon in offseason training, a significant injury that could cause him to miss part of the 2018 season.
Baltimore executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette on Wednesday confirmed the torn Achilles tendon. It was not immediately clear how long Britton would be out.
In a tweet announcing the injury, the team said Britton was injured Tuesday while training in California and wished him a speedy recovery.
Britton had 15 saves and a 2.89 ERA with the Orioles this past season. In 2016, had a 0.54 ERA and was perfect in save opportunities with a major league-leading 47.
The left-hander, who turns 30 on Friday, is arbitration eligible after making $11.4 million last season. Britton can become a free agent after next season, which made him a strong trade candidate before the injury.
Britton has converted 135 of 145 save opportunities since becoming the Orioles' closer in 2014.
MORE ORIOLES: GAUSMAN CHANGES HIS NUMBER TO HONOR ROY HALLADAY
BALTIMORE -- Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman will wear No. 34 next season as a tribute to Roy Halladay, who was killed in a plane crash last month.
Gausman announced the switch Thursday on his Twitter account. The right-hander wore No. 39 last year.
Gausman and Halladay are both from Colorado, and the Orioles pitcher said he followed Halladay's career closely and idolized him.
In a post next a photo of his new jersey, Gausman wrote: "Roy gave me the inspiration that I could fulfill even my biggest of dreams -- being a pitcher just like him."
Gausman concluded: "The loss of Roy is tragic and saddening, but I feel honored to have watched everything he achieved."
Halladay died on Nov. 7 when his small plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico. He played 16 big league seasons, winning the Cy Young Award in each league and being named an All-Star eight times.