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Orioles open 2016 season at home Apr. 4 against Twins

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Orioles open 2016 season at home Apr. 4 against Twins

NEW YORK – The Orioles get to open their 2016 season at home. On Apr. 4, they host the Minnesota Twins as part of a six-game homestand that also includes the Tampa Bay Rays.

The annual series with the Nationals won’t be until August when they play twice in Baltimore on the 22nd and 23rd and in Washington on Aug. 24 and 25.

MLB’s schedule has the Orioles making three trips to the West Coast, playing the Los Angeles Angels on May 20-22 on a swing that includes stops in Houston and Cleveland. They visit San Diego, Seattle and the Los Angeles Dodgers June 28-July 6 and from Aug. 8-14 play at Oakland and San Francisco. The Bay Area trip begins in Chicago.

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The Yankees come to Baltimore on May 3-5, June 3-5 and Sept. 2-4. Not until after the All-Star break do the Orioles play at Yankee Stadium. They’ll play in New York July 18-21, Aug. 26-28 and for the final three games of the season, Sept. 30-Oct. 2.

Fans of the Boston Red Sox can see them May 30-June 2. The first game is Memorial Day. The Orioles aren’t home on July 4 and Labor Day. The Red Sox also play Aug. 16-17 and Sept. 19-22.

The Orioles are spared a third straight Patriots Day 11 a.m. game in Boston. They’ll play at Fenway for the Red Sox’s home opener on Apr. 11.

San Diego (June 21-22), Colorado (July 25-27) and Arizona (Sept. 23-25) are the Orioles’ home NL West opponents.

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Orioles' Manny Machado leading all American League shortstops in All-Star Game votes

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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.

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Zach Britton rejoins Orioles after stint on disabled list

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Zach Britton rejoins Orioles after stint on disabled list

BALTIMORE -- Baltimore Orioles left-hander Zach Britton has been activated from the disabled list, six months after undergoing surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Assuming he's finally healthy enough to resume his role as one of the best closers in the big leagues, the question now is: How long will Britton be with the Orioles?

Britton's contract expires after this season, and Baltimore entered play Monday with the worst record in the major leagues (19-45).

So, as he stood in front of his locker and spoke excitedly about his return to the Orioles, Britton conceded that his stay in Baltimore may not extend beyond the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

"I want to pitch well and help the team, regardless of our standing or trade discussions," he said.

Asked if the next few weeks might serve as an audition for other teams, Britton replied, "I guess so, but I'm not going to think of it like that."

Britton made the 2016 AL All-Star team during a season in which he converted all 47 of his save opportunities and compiled a 0.54 ERA in 69 appearances.

He fought forearm and knee injuries last season and had only 15 saves. Then, during the winter, he tore his right Achilles tendon during a workout.

"When I injured myself in December, I was just looking forward to walking again and running again and then to be able to pitch back in the big leagues," Britton said. "There were a lot of hurdles that I overcame."

Surgery and an intense rehab program under Orioles trainer Brian Ebel enabled the 30-year-old to return sooner than many anticipated.

"The thought that he's a pitcher for us on June 11, that's remarkable," manager Buck Showalter said. "He's checked every box to get ready. I don't know what else you could possibly do."

Although Britton will be pitching for a team that's struggled mightily this season, that won't influence the intensity he will bring to the mound.

"I had some injuries the last few years, so I'm looking forward to turning the page on that and just getting back to pitching well," he said. "Everyone in this clubhouse wants to do well at this level, and that's my focus."

To adjust the roster for Britton's return, the Orioles placed right-hander Pedro Araujo on the 10-day disabled list with a right elbow strain and moved outfielder Colby Rasmus to the 60-day DL.