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Orioles don't come up short with Hardy

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Orioles don't come up short with Hardy

One position the Orioles have no worries about is shortstop. J.J. Hardy played in a career-high 158 games, and while his offensive numbers weren’t as strong as in 2011, his defense was terrific.

Hardy made just six errors—the same number he made in 29 fewer games in 2011 and manager Buck Showalter raved about his defensive play almost every day.

He’s so solid at short that the Orioles moved Manny Machado to third instead of contemplating a Hardy move. In his 944 games, Hardy has never played an inning at any position other than shortstop.

In July 2011, Hardy signed a three-year, $21 million extension, a deal that looks good for both sides. Hardy will be with the Orioles through at least 2014, and perhaps beyond. At 30, Hardy looks to have several more years at the peak of his game.

Hardy also provides some pop. For the fourth time in his major league career, he hit more than 20 home runs. While his .238 average was considerably below the .268 mark of 2011, Hardy’s defense is so good, it almost doesn’t matter.

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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.