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Orioles-Yankees: Does familiarity breed contempt?


Orioles-Yankees: Does familiarity breed contempt?

The Orioles and New York Yankees split 18 games this season. If that wasnt enough, the teams have a chance to meet as many as five more times this week.This seasons Orioles-Yankees games featured lots of highlights. There was Wei-Yin Chens major league debut, Buck Showalters 1000th win as a big league manager and Nick Markakis broken thumb.A month ago, there was the thrilling Orioles win on the night Cal Ripken was honored.These teams know each other well, and thats a good thing say the Orioles.. For us, its nice to be familiar with your opponent-especially pitchers, J.J. Hardy said.You know what theyre going to do to get you out.Matt Wieters has seen lots of Orioles-Yankees games in his four seasons in Baltimore.I know as a hitter I like facing guys and getting more information, being able to see what different pitches do, Wieters said.Im sure pitchers would like to see different hitters and see where their holes are. As a hitter, the more times you see a pitcher, the more comfortable you are up there.Jason Hammel isnt as familiar with the Yankees, but is with the rivalry. Theyre nothing special for Hammel.We go about our game plan like with any other team. Well have our guys that we wont get beat by, Hammel said.
The man who gets questioned the most about the Yankees is Showalter. Hes asked endlessly about his time in the Bronx, which ended 17 years ago.Publicly, he tries not to arouse their anger.They get a great return for the things that they put into their organization. They pick not only good players but good people. That combination is hard to overcome, Showalter said.It's something that we've tried to do, but they're a special group of athletes.

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


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.