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Strop can't hold lead as Orioles lost to Yankees 4-3

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Strop can't hold lead as Orioles lost to Yankees 4-3

For nearly all the season, the Orioles bullpen has been a sure thing.Sure, there have been a few missteps. There was one on Saturday.Pedro Strop relieved Wei-Yin Chen in the seventh inning and walked his first two batters and turned a likely win into an ugly loss.As a result of the New York Yankees 4-3 win over the Orioles before 46,122 at Yankee Stadium, Baltimores deficit in the AL East, grew to three games.For most of the game, it looked as if they could narrow it to one.In the first inning, Nick Markakis led off with a walk. He moved to third on J.J. Hardys single and scored on Nate McLouths double play grounder.
In the bottom of the first, McLouth made a brilliant diving catch on Derek Jeters fly ball while Mark Reynolds, Fridays offensive and defensive star, applauded into his glove. Markakis followed with a nice catch on Nick Swishers fly. Chen retired the first 11 Yankees until Robinson Cano hit his 28th home run of the season with two outs in the fourth.By then, the Orioles (73-59) led 3-0. Manny Machados RBI single in the second and Matt Wieters 18th home run in the fourth gave them the lead.Chens second hit was a single to Swisher in the sixth. Cano followed with a long fly to right that Markakis caught at the wall.Wieters has hit in 13 straight games this season against the Yankees, the first Oriole to do that since Cal Ripken in 1996. In the seventh, former Oriole Steve Pearce singled with one out, his first hit as a Yankee. With one out, Chen (12-8) walked Jayson Nix and gave up an RBI single to Eduardo Nunez.Strop replaced Chen and walked Ichiro Suzuki to load the bases and Jeter on a full count to tie the score at 3. Swisher bounced to short. J.J. Hardy bobbled it and Nunez came home with the go-ahead run.Boone Logan (6-2) pitched two scoreless innings for New York (76-56).David Robertson worked a perfect eighth and Rafael Soriano pitched the ninth for his 35th save.In his first start at Yankee Stadium, Chen allowed four runs-three earnedon four hits in 6 23 innings. He walked two and struck out four.Yankees starter David Phelps allowed three runs and three hits and walked six in 4 23 innings.NOTES: -New Yorks Curtis Granderson left the game with a right hamstring injury. -Chris Tillman (7-2, 3.26) and Phil Hughes (13-11, 4.02) are Sundays pitchers.

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

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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.