The hardest road trip of the year hasnt been as difficult as the Orioles thought. Or perhaps, the Orioles are just as good as the teams theyre playing.When the Orioles left for six-game trip to Detroit and Texas, teams that had beaten them five of seven games in Baltimore, many were fearing the worst.After Tuesdays 5-3 win over the Rangers, the Orioles have ensured a split of the trip, and if they win on Wednesday, theyll have a winning one.The Orioles are 67-56, and in possession of the second wild card spot. The Rays and Yankees both lost on Tuesday night, and New Yorks lead in the AL East is four over Tampa Bay and five over Baltimore.Chris Tillman (6-2) allowed three runs and six hits in 6 23 innings. Nate McLouth had his first home run since joining the Orioles, and Jim Johnson had his 38th save of the season. Manny Machado had two hitsTommy Hunter (4-7, 5.49) and Derek Holland (7-6, 4.98) are scheduled for Wednesday.
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.
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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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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.