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Deserving O's Machado could be squeezed out of All-Star Game, Zimmermann likely to represent Nats

The Orioles' Adam Jones, Chris Davis, J.J. Hardy and Nick Markakis are leading the All-Star voting at their respective positions, but third baseman Manny Machado's chances to make the team present interesting twists. Machado, who turns 21 on July 6, deserves to be at New York's Citi Field on July 16. At this point, he is more than a million votes behind Detroit's Miguel Cabrera

Injury-plagued Nats have struggled, while other teams battling DL have flourished

The Nationals have injuries, but several teams have made the injury excuse obsolete this season. The Cardinals have the best record in baseball, even though they have four starters - Jake Westbrook, Chris Carpenter, John Gast and Jamie Garcia - on their disabled list, as well closer Jason Motte and shortstop/leadoff batter Rafael Furcal. The Yankees are contending the American League East even though they

Davis, Cabrera took different routes to top of AL; Puig arrives with a bang

The Orioles' Chris Davis and Detroit's Miguel Cabrera are the two most dangerous hitters in the American League, but each took a different route to the top of the AL statistics. In 2003, at 20, Cabrera, who is now 30, was hitting four home runs in the postseason as the Marlins beat the Yankees in the World Series. Davis, 27, took a longer route to

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