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Will Mike have the Wright stuff to help Orioles?

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Will Mike have the Wright stuff to help Orioles?

BALTIMORE –- Mike Wright was getting ready to start a game for Norfolk on Tuesday afternoon when he was told to stop his preparations.

Later that evening, he was told to drive to Baltimore to join the Orioles.

Instead of starting as he was with the Tides, Wright will go to the bullpen.

“It’s exciting. I’m here. It doesn’t matter where I’m pitching from, it’s going to be really fun. I pitched for two years out of the bullpen in college, so it’s going to be like riding the bike, I’ll get back into it,” Wright said.

With Norfolk, Wright is 3-0 with a 2.64 ERA in six starts. A year ago, the 2012 organizational pitcher of the year struggled to a 5-11 record with a 4.62 ERA, though he improved later in the year.

“I was just trying to ride the mentality I had the end of last season. I tried to use that this spring training and use it at the beginning of the season this year. So far, it’s worked, and I hope it continues,” Wright said.

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During spring training, manager Buck Showalter had him work out of the bullpen as well as giving him a start against Toronto in preparation for a possible recall.

“Spring training, I did it the whole time I was there, all three years I was there in camp. The warming up part and coming in in the middle of the inning should be all right,” Wright said.

Showalter liked that Wright could pitch multiple innings if needed. He could also serve as an emergency starter.

“There’s a lot of good options down there. Between there and Bowie, I’m excited about the way everybody is pitching,” Showalter said.
Showalter wouldn’t commit to how long Wright would be with the Orioles.

“It could be a short time. It could be a long time,” Showalter said.

“I’m excited about it. We felt like he would be here at some point. He’s another one that we think’s got a bright future for us.”

Wright’s parents and girlfriend were among his guests for Wednesday’s game.

“It’s exciting. It’s really exciting. It’s what I’ve dreamed of my whole life. To be here and to have this chance, it’s amazing,” Wright said. “I don’t get too nervous on the baseball field ever. I’ve also never been in the big leagues.”

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American League All-Star Game Roster Projection: AL will be loaded once again

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American League All-Star Game Roster Projection: AL will be loaded once again

The 2018 Major League All-Star Game is less than a month away. Fan votes are well underway and early frontrunners are close to locking their position in the Midsummer Classic.

Yesterday, we projected how the National League roster will play out. Today it is time to look at the American League roster projection.

For five straight seasons, the AL has had the upper hand in the MLB All-Star Game. In 2018, it does not appear that will change as the American League roster will be loaded from top to bottom.

As a reminder, here is how the process shakes out, first with the fan vote, players’ ballots, and the MLB Commissioner’s Office:

  • Fan vote: nine position players in AL (DH)/ eight in NL; plus final vote for each league
  • Player’s ballots: next 17 players in AL/ 16 players in NL; (five starting pitchers, three relievers must be chosen)
  • MLB Commissioner’s Office: five AL players (four pitchers, one position player) and seven NL players (four pitchers, three position players)

One player from each team must make the initial roster (before injury withdraws, etc.). Below is how it looks the American League roster will play out, considering the latest fan vote returns:

American League All-Star Roster Projection:

C – Wilson Ramos, Rays (Fan Vote), Gary Sánchez, Yankees (Player Ballot)
1B – José Abreu, White Sox (Fan Vote), Joey Gallo, Rangers (Player Ballot)
2B – Jose Altuve, Astros (Fan Vote), Jed Lowrie, Athletics (Player Ballot)
3B – José Ramírez, Indians (Fan Vote), Yangervis Solarte, Blue Jays (Player Ballot), Mike Moustakas, Royals (Commissioner’s Office)
SS – Manny Machado, Orioles (Fan Vote), Jean Segura, Mariners (Player Ballot),
OF – Mookie Betts, Red Sox (Fan Vote), Mike Trout, Angels (Fan Vote), Aaron Judge, Yankees (Fan Vote), Michael Brantley, Indians (Player Ballot), Eddie Rosario, Twins (Player Ballot), Giancarlo Stanton, Yankees (Player Ballot),
DH – J.D. Martinez, Red Sox (Fan Vote), Shohei Ohtani, Angels (Player Ballot)

SP – Justin Verlander, Astros (Player Ballot), Luis Severino, Yankees (Player Ballot), Corey Kluber, Indians (Player Ballot), Chris Sale, Red Sox (Player Ballot), Gerrit Cole, Astros (Player Ballot), Blake Snell, Tampa Bay (Commissioner’s Office)

RP – Edwin Díaz, Mariners (Player Ballot), Craig Kimbrel, Red Sox (Player Ballot), Aroldis Chapman, Yankees (Player Ballot), Joe Jiménez, Tigers (Commissioner’s Office), Delin Betances, Yankees (Commissioner’s Office), Chris Devenski, Astros (Commissioner’s Office)

Manager: Jeff Luhnow, Astros

Based on this projection, the New York Yankees will have the most representatives with six. The Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox will both have four.

Ensuring no snubs, there will be five players selected for the final fan vote to get one more All-Star into the game for a total of 32 for the American League. As you can see, no matter how the AL roster plays out, it will be a dominant team once again as they look for six straight All-Star wins.

Four of those five wins were inside a National League stadium and that will not change as the Washington Nationals will host this season.

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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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