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Orioles face difficult challenge with Rangers

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Orioles face difficult challenge with Rangers

It was May, and the Orioles were glad to see the Texas Rangers leave. Theyd lost three of four to the Rangers, and in two of the losses, they allowed 10 or more runs.In the second of those defeats, Josh Hamilton smacked four home runs. He topped it off the next night by joining his teammates sliding into a wet tarp. The only game the Orioles won in that week featured the first three hitters heading consecutive home runs.More than three months later, the two-time defending American League champions handily lead the AL West with a 70-50 record, and the Orioles cling to the second wild card spot.After winning two of three in Detroit, the Orioles hope to come home with a respectable road trip.Miguel Gonzalez (5-2, 3.38) faces Ryan Dempster (1-1, 8.31) on Monday night at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. On Tuesday, Chris Tillman (5-2, 3.65) and Scott Feldman (6-8, 4.63) are scheduled. Wednesdays probables are Tommy Hunter (4-7, 5.49) and Derek Holland (7-6, 4.98).None of the three Orioles starters was with them when the two teams faced. Gonzalez was an unknown in Norfolk, Tillman was trying to find his sea legs with the Tides, and Hunter was sent down momentarily because the Orioles were strapped from the 17-inning game in Boston.

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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.