Possible trade of Orioles' Machado could create an All-Star conundrum

The All-Star ballots are out. The last-place Orioles have one All-Star, shortstop Manny Machado, but speculation is heating up about the Orioles possibly trading him. So what happens to the Orioles' All-Star representative if Machado is traded before the July 17 game in D.C.? Would the Orioles go without an All-Star, even though All-Star teams are required to have at least one player from each ... read more

How robust is the market for Orioles shortstop Manny Machado?

If the Orioles are going to get top-market value in a potential trade for shortstop Manny Machado, they'll need the Phillies to stay close in the National League East. Then they'll need the Cubs and Cardinals lineups to continue to sputter, and hope that the first-place Brewers, after their best 50-game start in team history, attempt to block a trade to either of their rivals ... read more

Knowledge of rulebook served Twins' Quilici well

Frank Quilici, a little-known second baseman, manager and broadcaster for the Twins, died Monday at 79. He hit .214 with five home runs in five seasons with the Twins, but he had a unique place in baseball history for two reasons. One, playing for the Twins in the 1965 World Series, an injury forced him into the starting lineup for all seven games against the ... read more

Will Seager's season-ending injury spark Dodgers to inquire on Machado?

Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager is done for the season because of an elbow injury that requires Tommy John surgery. Does that mean that the Dodgers will be calling the Orioles about shortstop Manny Machado, who is eligible for free agency after the season? Like the Orioles, the Dodgers are off to a slow start. The Dodgers' problems are many. They have a thin bullpen and ... read more

April has been dreadful for Orioles, but all hope is not lost

The Orioles are having a miserable April, and while they are going to spend the next five months digging out, there's a chance - a slim one - that they could make the postseason or at least be a wild card contender. It's been done before. Check out Dan Duquette's 1996 Boston Red Sox, who started by losing 15 of 18 to bring newspaper headlines ... read more

Six players who could make things difficult for AL East, NL East teams

The Orioles' Manny Machado and the Nationals' Bryce Harper are each crushing baseballs during the first month of the season - big stories for each of the local nines. Here are six other American League and National League East stories that could raise havoc for the Orioles and Nationals this season: Nick Pivetta, Philadelphia: The Phillies are playing better than expected - maybe because of ... read more

Baffled by Bundy, Twins rave about righty's seven shutout innings

The Orioles' Dylan Bundy had not pitched well in three career starts against the Minnesota Twins. But on a picture-perfect 68-degree afternoon at Camden Yards, Bundy changed all that: He pitched seven shutout innings in the Orioles' 3-2 win against the Twins in their season-opening game. It was his first career opening day start. His seven-inning performance was the longest by an Orioles starter since ... read more

Nationals clear favorites to win NL East, but must win in postseason

After losing four Division Series in the last six seasons, the Nationals go into the season a clear favorite to win the National League East. Last season, they won the division by 20 games over the second-place Marlins. No team has ever won consecutive division titles by at least 20 games. Maybe the Nationals will be the first. Miami, though, is the odds-on favorite to ... read more