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Roberts can only watch as Orioles prepare for postseason

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Roberts can only watch as Orioles prepare for postseason

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Now that the Orioles have finally qualified for the postseason, Brian Roberts wont participate after 11 seasons of futility. After missing most of the last three seasons with two concussions and a back injury, Roberts made it back to the Orioles in June. He played 17 games before he injured his right hip.After August surgery in Vail, Colo., Roberts is rehabbing the hip in Sarasota, Fla. Hes been at Tropicana Field for the Orioles-Rays games this week.Its great, but its hard at the same time, Roberts said.The two Orioles with the most seniority, Nick Markakis and Roberts, arent going to be able to play in the postseason, though Markakis holds out hope that he could play in the World Series if the Orioles get that far.Its definitely ironic, I guess. I look at as we expect to be in the same place next year, so were going to soak it in, enjoy the atmosphere, support the guys. I think that we both feel weve been a part of being here, Roberts said.Unfortunately, were not on the field for it.Roberts has been avidly following the Orioles during his rehab.After being here for a long time, this is what you play for, this is what we as players go through the six-month off-season training for, play the 162 games for, its certainly disappointing in some ways, but at the same time, Im extremely happy for the organization, our fans, our city, the Angeloses, people who have been there for me for a lot of times, Roberts said.He says his hip is feeling stronger. I think its gone very smooth so far. Im looking forward to having a fairly normal routine of getting ready for the season, Roberts said.I should be ready for the first day of spring training.

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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.