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O's pitching carried them in ALDS run

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O's pitching carried them in ALDS run

Despite the problems at the plate and scoring, fans should remember the Orioles still did a lot of good things in their ALDS with the Yankees this week—starting with pitching.
 
The Orioles matched New York almost stride for stride in pitching. In fact, if the Orioles hadn’t pitched so well, this series wouldn’t have come near five games.
 
The only difference is New York’s starters fared a little better than the Orioles. Manager Buck Showalter needed to kind of stitch his bullpen together  to match the Yankee starters at times – like what he did against CC Sabathia in Games 1 and 5. Sabathia took care of business himself, while Showalter needed a few pitchers to go the same distance.
 
If we look forward at anything next year, it will be interesting to see what the Orioles do with their pitching. Will they look at trying to acquire a solid No. 1 starter who can eat up innings and stop losing streaks – or do they believe Jason Hammel can fill that job? Or Wei-Yin Chen? Or someone else.
 
Hammel did well in Friday’s loss, slowly starting to run out of gas in the middle innings, but that’s to be expected from a guy who missed most of the second half of the season. He gave the Orioles all they could ask for, and more.
 
The performance of Darren O’Day in relief was one of the best of the whole series, for either team. He was a big reason that Alex Rodriguez got a very nice seat on the bench for Game 5 and found himself pinch-hit for in Games 3 and 4. Rodriguez couldn’t hit O’Day as the sidewinder finished the series with five no-hit innings, complete with four strikeouts and one walk.
 
Even though he gave up the game-winning homer in Game 3, Brian Matusz also was a big plus. He’s become a solid relief pitcher now, and the Orioles would’ve gone home very early without him. And Chen and Miguel Gonzalez both gave the Orioles a huge boost.
 
With some luck, the Orioles really could have won this series in three or four games. In the playoffs, many believe pitching carries a team. It sure carried the Birds.

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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.