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Five days later, Wright is back from Norfolk

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Five days later, Wright is back from Norfolk

BALTIMORE –- Five days after he was optioned to Norfolk, Mike Wright is back with the Orioles. For the next three games, Wright will be available in the bullpen, and if he isn’t needed, he’ll start on Sunday in place of Miguel Gonzalez, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right groin.

It’s Wright’s second stint with the Orioles. In the first one, he was was 2-1 with a 2.96 ERA in four starts.

“I was hoping it was going to happen, but it’s always good news to know you’re coming back, so I was very happy,” Wright said.

He knew about Gonzalez’s injury.

“I was kind of hoping he was going to be able to recover. I didn’t want anybody to get hurt, especially Miguel,” Wright said.

Wright said he knew he would be sent down when Bud Norris was reinstated from the disabled list.

“He’s earned his spot up here. I knew when he came back I was probably going to be booted back down,” Wright said.

Wright was 4-0 with a 2.45 ERA in seven starts with the Tides.

NOTES: Erik Bedard, who pitched five seasons for the Orioles before he was traded to Seattle for Adam Jones, Chris Tillman and George Sherrill, has retired. He was pitching for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes of the California League. … Frederick infielders Drew Dosch, Jeff Kemp, outfielder Tucker Nathans and pitcher Mitch Horacek were named to the Carolina League All-Star team. Infielder Trey Mancini, who has been promoted to Bowie was named the Carolina League’s Player of the Month for May.

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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.