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With Machado, Orioles open series with KC

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With Machado, Orioles open series with KC

With Manny Machado on hand, the Orioles, who are on a five-game winning streak, will host the Kansas City Royals for four games, beginning Thursday.The Orioles will begin play in a three-way tie with Detroit and Oakland for the two AL wild card spots, swept two games in Kansas City in May, and the Royals took two of three in Baltimore later that month.Kansas City is 47-63, and in last place in the AL Central.Wei-Yin Chen (10-6, 3.46) pitches against Will Smith (2-4, 6.00) on Thursday. Miguel Gonzalez (3-2, 3.80) and Luke Hochevar (7-9, 5.04) are scheduled for Friday. Chris Tillman (5-1, 2.38) and Luis Mendoza (5-8, 4.36) are Saturdays pitchers. On Sunday, its likely that Tommy Hunter (4-7, 5.55) will face Bruce Chen (8-9, 5.51).Hunter was scheduled to pitch on Wednesday, but he was scratched when he was nearly called into Tuesdays 14-inning affair.On Wednesday night, Steve Johnson made an impressive debut, allowing two runs in six innings, but manager Buck Showalter refused to commit to a second start for him.Thursday is Wei-Yin Chen T-Shirt night. The first 10,000 fans 15 and over receive a Mandarin Chinese Chen shirt.On Saturday, the Orioles will unveil Eddie Murrays statue at 5:15 p.m. in the left field flag court. Gates will open at 5 p.m.

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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.