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Manny Machado teaches us to never give up

Tampa Bay Rays v Baltimore Orioles

BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 25: Manny Machado #13 of the Baltimore Orioles makes a throw to first base for the third out of the seventh inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 25, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Matt Hazlett/Getty Images)

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The Rays beat the Orioles last night, but the play of the game belonged to an Oriole defender.

Evan Longoria was batting and he chopped a ball foul down the third base line. At least it started out foul. As we all know, however, it doesn’t matter where the ball starts, it matters where it is when it crosses the bag.

Manny Machado knows this and didn’t give up on the ball despite it starting several feet in foul territory. He watched it come back, stayed with it and threw out Longoria who, unlike Machado, did give up on it, assuming he’d merely get a strike and another hack. Watch:

Longoria would get Machado back, however, fielding a ball Machado smoked to third base in the ninth inning, recording the second to last out of the game.

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