NEW YORK Joe Saunders and Chris Tillman both sat next to each other in the interview room before Wednesdays Game 3. One of them will start Game 4 of the American League Division Series against the New York Yankees on Thursday, Neither knows who will start.We were kind of hoping you would tell us because we dont know yet, Saunders cracked to a reporter.Well see how tonight goes, manager Buck Showalter said. Whoever it is, me or Chris, were going to go out there and do our job, Saunders said.Saunders, who was 3-3 with a 3.63 ERA in seven starts since he was acquired by the Orioles in late August, won the Wild Card Game in Texas last Friday.Tillman, who was 9-3 with a 2.93 ERA, pitched last Wednesday in Tampa Bay.I think our trusts us, and either way we go, I feel like we can get the get the job done, Tillman said.Tillman hasnt yet pitched in the postseason, and for the first two games, hes been in the bullpen watching.The intensity was huge, Tillman said. I think youve just got to treat it like another start. You cant put too much pressure on yourself. Its not fair to yourself, not fair to your team.Saunders has only pitched once at Yankee Stadium, earning a win, allowing two runs in six innings.If hes given the assignment, hell treat like a start in May.You have to approach it like its just another game. If you try to do too much, put too much pressure on yourself, youre going to runn into problems and things are going to snowball on you, Saunders said.Tillman is 2-2 with a 9.95 ERA in five starts. His team has won six of nine times this year at Yankee StadiumIts fun playing here, Tillman said.I think we all enjoy playing here as well. Its one of the nicer stadiums we get to go to, but from a player standpoint you get on the field, I think we focus on what we need to do and not buy into all that stuff.If theres a Game 5, it would be Jason Hammel against CC Sabathia. Hammel threw some before Wednesdays game.
Manny Machado could very well be playing in his final game in an Orioles uniform Tuesday night when he takes the field for the 89th Midsummer Classic at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.
According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Dodgers are now in the driver's seat as a favorite to land the All-Star shortstop.
Machado, 26, has gone back and forth on what he does and does not know as front office deals develop and speculation continues to grow. One thing he has made clear is that the rumors have not detracted from his enjoyment of being an All-Star.
Manny Machado just stopped by, and he said he’s seeing the reports of Dodgers and thinks/assumes they’re right (tho he said he doesn’t know for sure). The Miami product who’s been an Orioles his whole career said: “It’ll be different. But different can be good.”— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 17, 2018
Machado is signed through the end of the season, but the Orioles intend to deal him before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
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When Manny Machado returns from the 2018 MLB All-Star Break, he will not be donning a Baltimore Orioles uniform.
The All-Star shortstop is expected to be traded from Baltimore to the Los Angeles Dodgers, barring any last-minute changes, according to multiple media reports.
That being said, the Machado trade talks remain fluid and both the Phillies and Brewers are still trying to work a trade for the 26-year-old third baseman, according to Jon Heyman. The Diamondbacks are also reportedly trying to lure the four-time All-Star to the desert, while the Yankees decided to pull out of the Machado sweepstakes just prior to the All-Star festivities in Washington, D.C.
While the details of the trade have yet to be revealed, the Dodgers will reportedly include top outfield prospect Yusniel Diaz in the Machado trade, according to Heyman.
According to Jim Bowden, when regular-season play returns, Machado will be in the National League, although which team he plays for is still up in the air.
With the Orioles sitting a historically awful 39.5 games out of first place at the All-Star Break, trading Machado is the first major step toward a complete overhaul. The Orioles drafted Machado out of Brito High School in Miami, Fla., with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2010 MLB Draft. Since then, Machado has drawn comparisons to iconic third basemen Brooks Robinson and Alex Rodriguez, despite being moved to shortstop full-time this past season, and is widely considered one of the three best position players in professional baseball.
Machado is currently batting .315 with 24 home runs and 65 RBIs.
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