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Machado shocked to be making Orioles debut

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Machado shocked to be making Orioles debut

Manny Machado was shocked he was coming to Baltimore. On Wednesday night, the Orioles purchased Machado's contract from Double-A Bowie, and manager Buck Showalter immediately placed him in the lineup, batting ninth and playing third base.Very surprised. It wasnt even crossing my mind that I was getting called up, Machado said. I was just in shock.The Orioles announced the move about 90 minutes after Wednesday nights game, hoping that the attention would draw a larger crowd.About 15 minutes before game time, Machado trotted out of the dugout for his pregame runs to warm applause from the crowd. When his name was announced with the other starters, the applause was louder.When he came to bat with two outs and two onin the second inning, Machado received a long, standing ovation, and grounded out to short to end the inning.Machado was an unofficial invitee to spring training, but stayed with the team for much of the time. He clearly fit in as he mingled with many of the players.Everybody came up to me and congratulated me. It was just a great feeling. Ive been thinking about this for a long time now. And its finally, its here. This is the highest level, but I am still going to go out there and try to play my game, Machado said.Just do me.Machado was batting .266 with 11 home runs and 59 RBIs for Bowie. He played shortstop and had only two games at third base.Im very comfortable out there. Every day I try to be proactive. I try to take a couple of balls at third base after I catch my grounders at short, Machado said.So, Im really looking forward to it.After being drafted third overall in 2010 and the teams top position prospect, the 20-year-old becomes the youngest player to debut for the team since Eugene Kingsale in Sept. 1996.The Orioles are in the middle of the playoff chase, and manager Buck Showalter has clearly grown tired of seeing the erratic Wilson Betemit play third base. The only reason we did it, the biggest reason is because we think he can help us win more games potentially, Showalter said.We felt like he could help us. Weve got 50ish games left and we think hes our best option.Adam Jones was also 20 when Seattle recalled him."The Orioles wouldn't have made this move, Showalter wouldn't have made this move if they didn't feel he could handle it," Jones said."This is the place you want to be. You work hard. Keep working hard every day. Even when you're tired, you have to keep after it. Manny's being rewarded for a lot of his hard work."Machado isnt worried about any of that. Hes been closely watching the Orioles while at Bowie, and knows the team is taking a risk.It means Buck has faith in me and he has trust in me that I can go out there and try to help this team win, Machado said.

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Orioles Roundup: Nunez impresses in loss to Yankees

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Orioles Roundup: Nunez impresses in loss to Yankees

The Orioles lost a nailbiter before falling to the Yankees 6-5 Thursday night.

Here is your latest news on Baltimore and New York:

Player Notes:

ORIOLES:

Dylan Bundy surrendered three runs in 5 2/3 innings Thursday in a no-decision against the Yankees. The bullpen was unable to manage after Bundy pitched a fair performance.

Renato Nunez went 2-for-3 and hit a three-run homer against the Yankees on Thursday. Nunez has improved mighily in year number two with the O's.

YANKEES:

Masahiro Tanaka held the Orioles to one run through six innings in his start Thursday.

Luke Voit homered and doubled Thursday as the Yankees slipped by the Orioles 6-5.

Injuries: 

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 60-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 60-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

Coming Up:

Friday 5/24: Orioles at Rockies, 8:40 p.m., Coors Field
Saturday 5/25: Orioles at Rockies, 9:10 p.m., Coors Field

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Orioles Roundup: O's acquire Keon Broxton from Mets

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Orioles Roundup: O's acquire Keon Broxton from Mets

The Orioles made a flurry of moves before falling to the Yankees 7-5 Wednesday night.

Here is your latest news on Baltimore and New York:

Player Notes:

ORIOLES:

Baltimore acquired OF Keon Broxton from the Mets for international signing bonus slots. Broxton hit .143 in 34 games with New York this season before he was designated for assignment last week. The Orioles designated RHP Yefry Rodriguez for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for Broxton. 

The Orioles transferred RHP Alex Cobb from the 10-day IL to the 60-day IL, meaning he won't be back until late June at the earliest. Cobb has been out since April 27 with a lumbar strain. Baltimore also claimed RHP Chandler Shepherd off waivers for the Cubs and optioned him to Triple-A Norfolk. 

YANKEES:

Giancarlo Stanton has been pulled away from his rehab assignment with High-A Tampa and placed back on the 10-day injured list with left calf tightness. Per manager Aaron Boone, Stanton will be shut down for the next 7-10 days. 

Boone also told reporters Zach Britton was unavailable for Wednesday's game against his former team, and CC Sabathia could miss his next start due to knee trouble. 

Injuries: 

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 60-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 60-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

Coming Up:

Thursday 5/23: Orioles vs. Yankees, 12:35 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Friday 5/24: Orioles at Rockies, 8:40 p.m., Coors Field
Saturday 5/25: Orioles at Rockies, 9:10 p.m., Coors Field