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Manny Machado makes his first return to Baltimore: Date, time, TV and radio info, game notes

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Manny Machado makes his first return to Baltimore: Date, time, TV and radio info, game notes

In an otherwise miserable season, Orioles fans have something to look forward to this week. 

Manny Machado makes his return to Camden Yards for the first time since being traded to the Dodgers before last year's July 31st deadline. Now a member of the Padres, the 4x AL All-Star will be in town tonight and tomorrow for a two-game set before his club heads back out west. 

When is Padres at Orioles? 

The first game of the series is tonight, June 25th, at 7:05 ET at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Md, followed by tomorrow's June 26 day game, starting at 3:05 ET.  

What TV Channel is Padres at Orioles? 

Machado's return will be broadcast on MASN2 both today and tomorrow. 

How to listen to Padres at Orioles on the radio?

Both games of Machado's return to Camden Yards can be listened to on the Orioles' flagship station – WJZ-FM/105.7 FM. 

What to watch for in Machado's return to Camden Yards?

Good or bad reception for Machado?

There's always speculation around the reception a big-name player will receive in their first at-bat back at a familiar ballpark. Fellow former DMV star Bryce Harper was showered with 'boos' in his return to Nationals Park, but NBC Sports Washington's Ryan Wormeli writes that Machado's recpetion should be different. 

Adley Rutschman appearance? 

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft finally signed with the O's yesterday and he's already rumored to make an appearance during Tuesday night's game. The Oregon State catcher received a $8.1 million signing bonus, the highest rookie signing bonus in league history. Rutschman fielded questions and took batting practice with the team earlier today, so he will be in the building. 

Another Jr. playing SS in Camden Yards? 

Nowadays, that means Padres shortstop Fernando Tatís Jr, son of former Oriole Fernando Tatís. The 20 year-old rookie shortstop is hitting .323 with 8 HRs and 23 RBIs despite missing a month due to a hamstring injury. 

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Orioles Roundup: Orioles allow 13 unanswered runs in loss to Red Sox

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Orioles Roundup: Orioles allow 13 unanswered runs in loss to Red Sox

The O's continue to struggle against their AL East foes, including the Red Sox. The bats stayed hot, but the arms were unable to slow down the Boston lineup in Fenway. Here are the news and notes surrounding the team.

PLAYER UPDATES:

SP Ty Blach allowed five runs on five hits in 5.1 innings, walking three and striking out six. The Orioles' hot start is the only thing that saved him from being saddled with the loss.

OF Trey Mancini continued to torture the Red Sox, knocking in two runs with an early single to extend the Baltimore lead to 5-0. Mancini remains one home run shy of his first 30-homer season.

3B Renato Nunez crushed a three-run bomb in the first inning to start the scoring in Sunday's game, though it wound up his only hit of the afternoon.

C Chance Sisco has his afternoon end early after being hit in the groin by a foul tip. Team doctors are still evaluating the injury, and they hope to have more information by Monday. Manager Brandon Hyde is optimistic Sisco will avoid an Injured List stint.

INJURIES: 

C Chance Sisco: Groin, Day-to-Day

OF Dwight Smith Jr.:  Calf, expected to return in late August 

RP Josh Rogers: Elbow, out indefinitely

SP Alex Cobb: Back, out until 2020

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, expected to return in September 

COMING UP:

Monday, 8/19: Royals at Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Tuesday, 8/20: Royals at Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Wednesday, 8/21: Royals at Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Source Credit: Rotoworld 

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Hunter Harvey’s Major League debut a bright spot in long Orioles season

Hunter Harvey’s Major League debut a bright spot in long Orioles season

For some first-round draft picks, the Major Leagues are merely a season or two away. Other top prospects take longer, sometimes three or four seasons. Hunter Harvey’s path was a bit more complicated than that.

It was more than six years ago that Harvey was selected by the Orioles in the 2013 MLB Draft. Early in his professional career, he looked like a potential steal as the 22nd pick in that year’s class. He dominated hitters at the lower levels of the minor leagues, and looked like a future staple atop the Orioles rotation.

Of course, there’s a reason the old adage “there’s no such thing as a pitching prospect” exists.

Harvey missed the entire 2015 season with elbow tightness, then pitched just 12.2 innings in 2016 before undergoing Tommy John surgery. He threw only 18.2 innings in 2017 after his recovery, so he entered the 2018 season having tossed just 144.1 innings in five years since being drafted.

Harvey was still used as a starter in 2018 across 32.1 mostly unspectacular innings, but this season, the front office decided to try him out as a reliever.

Early on, it’s been a terrific transition for Harvey, whose natural arm talent plays up even more in shorter stints. And it was out of the bullpen that Harvey finally, after all these years, made his big league debut Saturday.

And what a debut it was.

Working around a walk, Harvey tossed a hitless, scoreless inning against the heart of the vaunted Red Sox lineup. He averaged over 98 mph on his fastball, while flashing potential plus offspeed pitches. 

Harvey ended the inning with back-to-back strikeouts, a stretch that included nine consecutive strikes.

The Orioles haven’t had many positive moments to point to in 2019, but this definitely qualifies as one. If he can harness his incredible stuff and -- here’s the key -- stay healthy, Harvey could be a dominant late-inning reliever, or potentially even a mid-rotation starter.

Of all the players to wear the orange and black in Baltimore this season, Harvey is one of the few who can stick around long enough to contribute to the next great Orioles team.

More than any excitement surrounding his future, it’s just cool to see somebody overcome countless obstacles to realize their dreams.

That experience wasn’t lost on Harvey himself.

From his incredible mullet, to his long and winding road to the Majors, there’s a lot to cheer for with Harvey. If he can replicate his debut inning a few more times this season, then fans in Baltimore will have to admit he was worth the wait.

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