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Schoop displays good eye in Arizona

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Schoop displays good eye in Arizona

The Orioles had seven players on the Arizona Fall League’s Mesa Solar Sox. None of them produced any eye-popping statistics, except for infielder Jonathan Schoop.

Schoop, recently added to the Orioles’ 40-man roster, had only a .270 batting average, but thanks to a good eye at the plate, he posted a .446 on-base percentage. Schoop had 16 walks, two homers and 10 RBIs in 63 at-bats.

Among the pitchers, only Mike Belfiore, who also was added to the 40-man roster, posted an ERA under 6.00, with a 4.38 in 12 1/3 innings of relief. Belfiore yielded 14 hits and three homers, striking out 13 and walking four.

Earlier this month, Belfiore, acquired during the season to complete a trade with the Diamondbacks, told mlb.com he felt he progressed in 2012 by being able to pitch exclusively out of the bullpen.

"It's probably been my best year because I got back to my comfort zone," said Belfiore, who pitched for Double-A Bowie. "In college, I was a closer full time, never started. It was definitely an advantage going back to what I was comfortable with. I learned a lot from this year.”

The rest of the pitchers didn’t fare nearly as well, particularly Clay Schrader. In 10 1/3 innings of relief, Schrader gave up 14 hits and walked 12, ending up with a 9.28 ERA. Mike Wright started seven games and yielded 37 hits in 21 innings. His ERA was 6.43.

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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.