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Either O's make a deal or Buck waves magic wand

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Either O's make a deal or Buck waves magic wand

By the time you read this, maybe the Orioles have completed a deal for Joe Blanton. Or Chase Headley. Or Rafael Betancourt.

But what if they dont get any of them? Or anyone else, for that matter? As an Orioles fan, how does that make you feel?

As up and down as the Orioles have been since they cooled off from their hot start, they clearly need another piece or maybe two to stay in contention for one of the American League wild cards. The clubs biggest move so far, picking up designated hitter Jim Thome, has become a question mark with Thome experiencing neck problems.

Now, if the Orioles cant pick up another starting pitcher, do they just hope the Norfolk-to-Baltimore rotation shuttle will stop? Is everybody happy with Wilson Betemit as the third baseman for the postseason drive? With often hamhanded Mark Reynolds at first?

When Ravens owner and big Orioles fan Steve Bisciotti called in to 105.7 The Fan last week, he referred to Os manager Buck Showalter as being something of a magician this year. If the Orioles fail to improve the team before Tuesday afternoons non-waiver trading deadline and he somehow guides them to a playoff berth, maybe Showalter would deserve Magician of the Year more than Manager of the Year.

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Orioles' Manny Machado leading all American League shortstops in All-Star Game votes

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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.

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Zach Britton rejoins Orioles after stint on disabled list

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Zach Britton rejoins Orioles after stint on disabled list

BALTIMORE -- Baltimore Orioles left-hander Zach Britton has been activated from the disabled list, six months after undergoing surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Assuming he's finally healthy enough to resume his role as one of the best closers in the big leagues, the question now is: How long will Britton be with the Orioles?

Britton's contract expires after this season, and Baltimore entered play Monday with the worst record in the major leagues (19-45).

So, as he stood in front of his locker and spoke excitedly about his return to the Orioles, Britton conceded that his stay in Baltimore may not extend beyond the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

"I want to pitch well and help the team, regardless of our standing or trade discussions," he said.

Asked if the next few weeks might serve as an audition for other teams, Britton replied, "I guess so, but I'm not going to think of it like that."

Britton made the 2016 AL All-Star team during a season in which he converted all 47 of his save opportunities and compiled a 0.54 ERA in 69 appearances.

He fought forearm and knee injuries last season and had only 15 saves. Then, during the winter, he tore his right Achilles tendon during a workout.

"When I injured myself in December, I was just looking forward to walking again and running again and then to be able to pitch back in the big leagues," Britton said. "There were a lot of hurdles that I overcame."

Surgery and an intense rehab program under Orioles trainer Brian Ebel enabled the 30-year-old to return sooner than many anticipated.

"The thought that he's a pitcher for us on June 11, that's remarkable," manager Buck Showalter said. "He's checked every box to get ready. I don't know what else you could possibly do."

Although Britton will be pitching for a team that's struggled mightily this season, that won't influence the intensity he will bring to the mound.

"I had some injuries the last few years, so I'm looking forward to turning the page on that and just getting back to pitching well," he said. "Everyone in this clubhouse wants to do well at this level, and that's my focus."

To adjust the roster for Britton's return, the Orioles placed right-hander Pedro Araujo on the 10-day disabled list with a right elbow strain and moved outfielder Colby Rasmus to the 60-day DL.