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It makes sense why Manny Machado's comment would bother Orioles fans, even if it wasn't about them

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It makes sense why Manny Machado's comment would bother Orioles fans, even if it wasn't about them

Orioles Twitter was all, ahem, atwitter Tuesday evening after a Manny Machado article was published on Sports Illustrated. In it, the former Oriole star appears to throw shade towards the organization that drafted and developed him. 

“The Dodgers last year, they showed me some love,” he says to Sports Illustrated’s Stephanie Apstein. “The Orioles drafted me. I did a lot for that community, I did a lot for the state, and they didn’t show me a bit of love. It is what it is. But going over to L.A., L.A. giving up a lot of prospects for me, that kind of shows you what I meant to them, which is amazing.”

That’s a tough quote to accept if you’re an Orioles fan who cheered on Machado every day for seven years. Nine, if you include the minor leagues.

From his debut through 2017, fans in Baltimore cheered on Machado unconditionally, through “controversies” about his hustle, aggressive slides, insistence on playing shortstop, and more. Fans also held out hope for an eventual extension to keep their most talented player in charm city for his entire career, a franchise tradition since the days of Brooks Robinson, Jim Palmer and Cal Ripken, Jr.

Instead, fans read reports of the front office being unwilling to commit to the level of contract Machado sought, and by 2018, when it became obvious the Orioles weren’t going to be competitive again before his free agency, everyone knew a trade was on the horizon.

Apstein points out in her article that Machado “saw the July trade [from the Orioles to the Dodgers] as a referendum on who wanted him.”

It’s a little confusing, as every baseball fan in America knew at that point the Orioles had no choice but to trade their star. It would have been malpractice to allow Machado to play out his final weeks in Baltimore on a 115-loss team without getting anything in return.

Machado’s quote reads like a referendum on Orioles fans, which is why most were so taken aback by his words, but the story’s author feels it was directed solely at the front office.

This stance would be a bit more understandable, as management did bungle contract negotiations. Reports came out that the two sides were a mere $10 million apart in negotiations, an entirely affordable number for an owner as rich as Peter Angelos. Instead, the team remained stubborn, committed too much money to an aging first baseman, and painted themselves into a corner with the most talented player in franchise history.

We’ve seen that Machado doesn’t always deftly get across his criticisms, a pattern highlighted by his “Johnny Hustle” comments in Los Angeles. It’s highly likely that’s what’s happening now, and he really does appreciate the fans in Baltimore. 

Machado deserves to be annoyed with the Orioles front office, especially when it comes to the lack of an extension, and if that’s all he was implying, then fans in Baltimore have no reason to be upset with him (and every reason to be upset with the previous regime).

But to point out how much he gave the community in Baltimore and then say “they didn’t show [him] a little bit of love” is unfair, and only ends up frustrating the same fans who never stop caring about him, even if it seems clear that wasn’t his intention.

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Late comeback falls short as Twins complete sweep

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Late comeback falls short as Twins complete sweep

After dropping both games of the doubleheader on Saturday, the Orioles comeback bid was just short on Sunday, as they fell 4-3 to the Minnesota Twins.

The loss marked a sweep for the Twins, and the second time the Orioles have been swept in Camden Yards this season.

PLAYER NOTES:

ORIOLES:

Outfielder Dwight Smith, Jr. is not expected to miss time due to injury, according to manager Brandon Hyde. Smith was removed during Sunday's loss with what was considered to be right quad tightness. While he may be held out a couple days, do not expect him to end up on the injured list.

Second baseman Johnathan Villar continues to impress early on in 2019. Villar stole his sixth base of the season (in 23 games) on Sunday, also adding three hits and an RBI during the loss. He continues to be a bright spot for a young Orioles team.

The Orioles defense did not help starting pitcher Dylan Bundy, who gave up four runs (two earned) over six innings on Sunday. In the first inning, Smith Jr. lost a fly ball in the sun that resulted in a three-base error, leading to two runs. Regardless, Bundy moved to 0-3 on the season with a 6.56 ERA, neither of which is very good.

TWINS:

Relief pitcher Taylor Rogers earned his second save of the series -- and third of the season -- on Sunday. Despite allowing a run, he could be emerging as the Twins go-to ninth inning arm, but manager Rocco Baldelli could continue to move forward on a game-by-game basis.

Outfielder Max Kepler missed the entire series against Baltimore with what was described as just an illness. His health is something to keep an eye on moving forward, as Kepler has not played since Thursday.

WHITE SOX:

Outfielder Jon Jay is traveling with the team, but it is unlikely if he will play in any of games in the upcoming series against Baltimore. Jay has yet to play this season after suffering a hip injury late in Spring Training.

Starting pitcher Lucas Giolito also will miss the entire series against Baltimore with a hamstring injury that sent him to the injured list. The right-hander has not had the best start to 2019, as he has a 5.30 ERA through four starts.

INJURIES:

OF Dwight Smith, Jr.: Quadriceps, day-to-day

RP Richard Bleier: Shoulder, 10-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 10-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

COMING UP:

Monday 4/22: White Sox @ Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards 

Tuesday 4/23: White Sox @ Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards 

Wednesday 4/24: White Sox @ Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards 

Source: Rotoworld

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Orioles swept in doubleheader against Twins

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Orioles swept in doubleheader against Twins

After Friday's game was rained out, the Baltimore Orioles and Minnesota Twins played a doubleheader at Camden Yards Saturday. The Orioles lost 6-5 in the first game, and 16-7 in the second. 

Here's the latest Orioles and Twins news.

Player Notes: 

ORIOLES:

Infielder Renato Nunez went 3-for-4 with two home runs, three runs scored, and three runs driven in during Game Two of the Orioles' doubleheader. He was the lone bright spot in a blowout loss, and now has a .304 batting average in 2019.

Pitcher Alex Cobb made his return to the mound in Game Two but did not fare well. Cobb gave up nine runs and 10 hits in 2.2 innings against the Twins. He allowed three home runs, and Brandon Hyde said he though Cobb looked "rusty."

First baseman Chris Davis made a surprise appearance on the mound in the ninth inning of an eight-run game. It was his first pitching appearance since 2012, and he allowed a home run to former Oriole Jonathan Schoop.

TWINS: 

Eddie Rosario crushed three home runs across both games of Saturday's doubleheader. He has five home runs in three games and nine total on the season. 

Former Oriole Nelson Cruz went 4-for-5 with two home runs and three RBI in Game Two's blowout victory.

Another former Oriole, Jonathan Schoop, also enjoyed a big day, going 3-for-4 with two home runs and a double in the 16-7 victory, including the home run off former teammate Chris Davis.

Injuries: 

RP Richard Bleier: Shoulder, 10-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 10-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

Coming Up:

Sunday 4/21: Twins @ Orioles, 1:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards 

Monday 4/22: White Sox @ Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards 

Tuesday 4/23: White Sox @ Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards 

Source: Rotoworld

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