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Orioles Thome still driven

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Orioles Thome still driven

Jim Thome is an addict. Hell admit it. Thats why hes still playing baseball at 42.

What is the Orioles designated hitter hooked on? Postseason baseball specifically, a World Series title.

It would be a dream, Thome told Fox Sports Ken Rosenthal. Thats why Im still playing. Not for individual things. To get the opportunity to look into your teammates eyes at the end of the year and celebrate.

Thats what its all about. Its what it should be all about. Its what Ive dreamed of since the 90s when we were in Cleveland. You get the opportunity once, its addictive.

Its so addictive that Thome rehabbed through his neck problem to rejoin the team after missing almost two months during which the Orioles got hot and loomed large in the Yankees rearview mirror.

The frustrating thing was, as our club started to play well, here I was, down in Florida, saying, Am I going to get back? I asked that question, Thome said.

Youre rehabbing. Youre 42 years old. You see time ticking, the clock ticking. How much longer are you going to play?

For the Orioles, that answer may be: into October. And for that to happen, a veteran bat cant hurt.

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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.