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Ortiz swings back at Valentine

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Ortiz swings back at Valentine

Meanwhile, as the American League East turns …

*A couple of weeks after fired Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said during an interview with Bob Costas that designated hitter David Ortiz decided to quit playing, not that Ortiz’s injured Achilles tendon kept him out, the slugger returned responded via an interview with ESPNDeportes.com.

Ortiz wasn’t subtle. He said Valentine is crazy. In the clinical sense.

“After he went on national TV to say what he said, he sent me a text message trying to tell me that it was the media trying to change things,” Ortiz said. “I did not respond to the message, and I said to myself: ‘This guy must have some mental issues or needs medicine or something.’ I said: ‘I am dealing with someone crazy, and I am not going to drive myself crazy, so it is better if I leave it alone.’"

Ortiz disputed that his not playing had anything to do the Red Sox’s big trade (Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford) that acknowledged they wouldn’t contend for the postseason.

"Stopping me [from playing] was the decision of the doctors, management, the manager and me," Ortiz said. "The team doctor recommended that I stop playing to not make the situation worse for the tendon. … In the 10 years I have played in Boston, I have been the heart and soul of the organization and not a second has gone by in which David Ortiz, able to go on the field to do what he knows best, he stayed seated instead."

*Look who wants to be the manager of the Blue Jays: Art Howe.

“I want to manage again,” Howe told the Toronto Sun. “The best thing I have going for me is my experience — seven years in the NL, seven in the AL. Toronto has always been an interesting team, they have some nice talent and were very competitive until they fell off with those injuries to their position players.”

Howe has managed three major-league teams — last in 2004 with the Mets — but he has been defined in popular culture as the grumpy, stick-in-the-mud skipper of the Athletics as portrayed by Phillip Seymour Hoffman in the movie “Moneyball.”

“In the movie, I was always grumpy, me against Billy [Beane, Oakland’s general manager],” Howe said. “It was like the team won despite me in the movie. … The way he portrayed me was very disappointing, probably 180 degrees from what I really am.”

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Manny Machado trade rumors are dominating headlines at All-Star Game

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Manny Machado trade rumors are dominating headlines at All-Star 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.

Machado is signed through the end of the season, but the Orioles intend to deal him before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

For the latest news and conversation surrounding Machado's status and the Orioles, follow along on Twitter

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Orioles reportedly have deal in place to trade Manny Machado to Dodgers

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Orioles reportedly have deal in place to trade Manny Machado to Dodgers

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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