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Orioles encouraged by Bundy, Harvey in minicamp


Orioles encouraged by Bundy, Harvey in minicamp

SARASOTA, Fla. – For a few moments, the Orioles future threw together. Dylan Bundy and Hunter Harvey were the featured attractions of the third and final day of the team’s minicamp.

Manager Buck Showalter wasn’t on hand. He was back in Baltimore at a speaking engagement. Pitching coach Dave Wallace ran the camp.

Bundy threw 15 pitches off the half-mound and Harvey went off the full mound.

After Bundy walked away, Harvey’s father, former All-Star reliever Bryan Harvey, offered some encouraging words.

Bundy, who estimated he wasn’t even throwing at 70 percent was happy.

“It felt fine. I’ve just got to work on mechanics now and repeat my delivery. That’s kind of what I’m focusing on now in the offseason,” Bundy said.

Bundy will throw off a mound near his Oklahoma home between now and the beginning of spring training on Feb. 18.

After Bundy was shut down in the Arizona Fall League, he hopes he’ll be able to forget about what’s ailed him in the pat.

“I’m kind of ready to be over all the injuries and stuff like that and come to spring training healthy and ready to compete for a spot. That’s the main goal,” Bundy said.

Bundy and Harvey’s progress pleases Wallace.

“It’s great to know that they’re on schedule, they’re part of the group. They’re, for lack of another term, normalized. It is nice,” Wallace aid.

“You’re happy for them. That’s what you are. It’s nice on our end to see them, but still, there’s a long way to go. We’ve got to go through spring training, we’ve got to go through all that stuff, but it certainly is refreshing to know that they’re on the mound Jan. 13 and they’re throwing the baseball and they’re right on track to be a part of spring training on Day 1. So, that’s nice. That’s refreshing.”

Bundy didn’t pitch competitively after May due to tendinitis in his shoulder and was shut down in the Arizona Fall League in November. Harvey hasn’t thrown in a game that counted since July 2014. He was shut down in the Instructional League with a strain in his flexor mass.

Four other pitchers, minor leaguers Joe Gunkel, David Hess and Tanner Scott and left-handed reliever C.J. Riefenhauser all threw.

NOTE: The eight Orioles eligible for arbitration filed for it on Tuesday. Brad Brach, Zach Britton, Ryan Flaherty, Miguel Gonzalez, Manny Machado, Brian Matusz, Chris Tillman and Mark Trumbo all filed. Figures will be exchanged on Friday, and if there’s no settlement, hearings will begin early next month.

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American League All-Star Game Roster Projection: AL will be loaded once again

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American League All-Star Game Roster Projection: AL will be loaded once again

The 2018 Major League All-Star Game is less than a month away. Fan votes are well underway and early frontrunners are close to locking their position in the Midsummer Classic.

Yesterday, we projected how the National League roster will play out. Today it is time to look at the American League roster projection.

For five straight seasons, the AL has had the upper hand in the MLB All-Star Game. In 2018, it does not appear that will change as the American League roster will be loaded from top to bottom.

As a reminder, here is how the process shakes out, first with the fan vote, players’ ballots, and the MLB Commissioner’s Office:

  • Fan vote: nine position players in AL (DH)/ eight in NL; plus final vote for each league
  • Player’s ballots: next 17 players in AL/ 16 players in NL; (five starting pitchers, three relievers must be chosen)
  • MLB Commissioner’s Office: five AL players (four pitchers, one position player) and seven NL players (four pitchers, three position players)

One player from each team must make the initial roster (before injury withdraws, etc.). Below is how it looks the American League roster will play out, considering the latest fan vote returns:

American League All-Star Roster Projection:

C – Wilson Ramos, Rays (Fan Vote), Gary Sánchez, Yankees (Player Ballot)
1B – José Abreu, White Sox (Fan Vote), Joey Gallo, Rangers (Player Ballot)
2B – Jose Altuve, Astros (Fan Vote), Jed Lowrie, Athletics (Player Ballot)
3B – José Ramírez, Indians (Fan Vote), Yangervis Solarte, Blue Jays (Player Ballot), Mike Moustakas, Royals (Commissioner’s Office)
SS – Manny Machado, Orioles (Fan Vote), Jean Segura, Mariners (Player Ballot),
OF – Mookie Betts, Red Sox (Fan Vote), Mike Trout, Angels (Fan Vote), Aaron Judge, Yankees (Fan Vote), Michael Brantley, Indians (Player Ballot), Eddie Rosario, Twins (Player Ballot), Giancarlo Stanton, Yankees (Player Ballot),
DH – J.D. Martinez, Red Sox (Fan Vote), Shohei Ohtani, Angels (Player Ballot)

SP – Justin Verlander, Astros (Player Ballot), Luis Severino, Yankees (Player Ballot), Corey Kluber, Indians (Player Ballot), Chris Sale, Red Sox (Player Ballot), Gerrit Cole, Astros (Player Ballot), Blake Snell, Tampa Bay (Commissioner’s Office)

RP – Edwin Díaz, Mariners (Player Ballot), Craig Kimbrel, Red Sox (Player Ballot), Aroldis Chapman, Yankees (Player Ballot), Joe Jiménez, Tigers (Commissioner’s Office), Delin Betances, Yankees (Commissioner’s Office), Chris Devenski, Astros (Commissioner’s Office)

Manager: Jeff Luhnow, Astros

Based on this projection, the New York Yankees will have the most representatives with six. The Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox will both have four.

Ensuring no snubs, there will be five players selected for the final fan vote to get one more All-Star into the game for a total of 32 for the American League. As you can see, no matter how the AL roster plays out, it will be a dominant team once again as they look for six straight All-Star wins.

Four of those five wins were inside a National League stadium and that will not change as the Washington Nationals will host this season.


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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.