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Britton stars as Orioles beat White Sox 5-2

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Britton stars as Orioles beat White Sox 5-2

Perhaps the Orioles could have been forgiven to looking ahead to this weekends series. The Orioles-Yankees matchup will be the most anticipated in 15 years for area fans.First, the Orioles had to face another division leader, the Chicago White Sox, who are ahead of the AL Central. On Thursday afternoon, the Orioles polished off the White Sox, taking three of four against them.The 5-2 win before 10,141 at Oriole Park on Thursday afternoon, puts them just three games behind New York in the AL East.Zach Britton (4-1) struck out a career-high 10 hitters in eight innings.
Even though he allowed five hits in the first two innings, just one scored, and allowed just two more baserunners after Gordon Beckhams second-inning RBI single. He gave up seven hits and walked one.The Orioles (72-58) had five consecutive two-out extra-base hits off Jose Quintana (5-3) in the third. Taylor Teagarden hit his second home run, his first since making his Orioles debut with a game-winning 13th inning homer.Nick Markakis and J.J. Hardy each doubled and Adam Jones hit his 26th home run, a career-high, for a 4-1 lead. Mark Reynolds doubled off the top of the left field wall, but Lew Ford grounded to third to end the inning.Teagardens fourth-inning RBI double gave the Orioles a 5-1 lead.Chicago (72-58) had a great opportunity in the second. A.J. Pierzynski was thrown out trying to score on Alexei Ramirezs single. Adam Jones cut down Pierzynski, who inexplicably didnt slide. Gordon Beckhams single drove in Dayan Viciedo. Quintana was pulled after 3 23 innings. He allowed five runs on seven hits.Pedro Strop got one out in the ninth, but allowed two hits, and Jim Johnson came on to retire Viciedo for the second out. He gave up an RBI single to Ramirez and struck out Beckham for his 41st save of the season.NOTES:-The Orioles will add Norfolk manager Ron Johnson and pitching coach Mike Griffin to their staff on Sept. 11. Minor league instructors Bobby Dickerson and Don Werner will join the team in Toronto on Monday and head for the Instructional League when Johnson and Griffin arrive. Pitching rehab coordinator Scott McGregor will be will the team for the rest of the season. -The Orioles open a three-game series in New York with the Yankees on Friday night. Miguel Gonzalez (5-3, 3.66) and Hiroki Kuroda (12-9, 2.98) are scheduled to pitch.

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2018 MLB All-Star Game voting update: Manny Machado maintains big lead among A.L. shortstops

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2018 MLB All-Star Game voting update: Manny Machado maintains big lead among A.L. shortstops

Baltimore Orioles’ Manny Machado took an even larger lead in the latest update for 2018 MLB All-Star Game voting.

The superstar shortstop maintained his position at the top of American League shortstops in the second round of All-Star voting updates, released Tuesday morning. 

After the first ballot was released, Machado led the shortstops category by over 100,00 votes.

This week, he now holds north of a 200,000-vote lead over last year’s American League starter, Carlos Correa.

The Astros’ Correa jumped from fourth to second this past week while the Indians’ Francisco Lindor dropped to third.  

Machado now has 671,133 votes, seventh among all American League players. For the second straight week, Machado remained the only Orioles player on the list.

Through 69 games in 2018, Machado is batting .310 with 18 home runs, 15 doubles and 53 RBIs. He is posting his best OPS (.945) and on-base percentage (.377) in his career, a bright spot for the O’s, who sit dead last in MLB with a 20-50 record.

The All-Star voting will be open until July 5 at 11:59 p.m. ET and fans can vote five times every 24 hours.

The next AL voting update will be announced June 26.

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2018 MLB All-Star Game Voting Results: Orioles' Manny Machado leading all American League shortstops in All-Star Game votes

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2018 MLB All-Star Game Voting Results: Orioles' Manny Machado leading all American League shortstops in All-Star Game votes

The Orioles' Manny Machado is the early leader among American League shortstops in the first results of All-Star voting released by Major League Baseball Tuesday.

Machado holds a lead of 110,131 votes over the Cleveland Indians' Francisco Lindor. 

No other Orioles' player is on the list, and Adam Jones isn't listed among the top-15 of outfielders. 

The Astros' Carlos Correa was last year’s starting shortstop for the American League, but is in fourth place with 206,707 votes, trailing the Yankees' Didi Gregorius who has 208,583.

The next AL voting update will be announced June 19.