Manny Machado Trade 'Very Close'

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Props to Machado for not sneaking in a jab at the Orioles, and for giving a fairly generic response. On Sunday, he was pulled from a game after a rain delay as a precaution.

Kemp did not advance past second in the inning, meaning Machado had three batters' worth of time to pick Kemp's brain for Los Angeles restaurant recommendations and travel tips. Obviously, there's a different situation going on with Manny. "You're smart. I think you know what's going on". "That had a lot to do with it".

"A month ago he wouldn't have come out of the game", Showalter acknowledged. "We know what's going on, the potential". After he was removed from the game, he donned a sweatshirt and watched the game from the dugout. "I know we're one of the teams rumored to be in to get him".

Manager Buck Showalter explained after the game that the decision was made because of the special circumstances surrounding Machado as Baltimore approaches the midseason trade deadline, but he didn't really explain it to the star shortstop.

The team that is close to a deal isn't known, but it won't be the Yankees, who according to Orioles sources didn't have the need of some others.

"Just going out there, you're just in control of the game", Machado said in regards to playing shortstop. "I thank God. I thank my family for always supporting me, my teammates, the fans, the organization".

Machado, 26, is a four-time All-Star and will represent the American League in Tuesday's Midsummer Classic. I'd like to stay at home.

"I'll be fine", said Minor, who yielded five earned runs in 2 2/3 innings.

A deal could be completed as soon as Wednesday, but definitely before the Orioles resume the regular season on Friday in Toronto. He laced a double down the left field line that cleared the bases and gave the Orioles a 5-4 lead.

Thirdly, the Orioles will try to avoid trading Manny the Yankees.

Jonathan Schoop lined a one-out single to left field that pushed Joseph to third, and Machado walked to load the bases. Texas' Delino DeShields went 0 for 3, stretching his hitless drought to 28 at-bats.

Rangers: RF Nomar Mazara was given the day off after hurting his hand Saturday night in the outfield.

It just might be his final appearance in an Orioles uniform.

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