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    September 11, 2018 12:53 PM IST
    For well over six seasons [url=]Patrick DiMarco Jersey[/url] , Manny Machado’s value to the Baltimore Orioles has been solely his ability to hit and play the field.

    All that has changed, now that the Orioles are looking to receive a huge return for their All-Star shortstop in a blockbuster trade.

    Machado homered before being removed on a wet day, Adam Jones hit a three-run double and Baltimore rallied past the Texas Rangers 6-5 Sunday.

    Machado was taken out of the game in the fifth inning by manager Buck Showalter after a 26-minute rain delay. The move was designed to get their star player off a sloppy field, because the last-place Orioles are entertaining offers for Machado before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

    ”Obviously there’s a different situation going on with Manny. You all know that,” Showalter said. ”That had a lot to do with it.”

    Plain and simple, the Orioles can’t afford to have Machado get hurt. Now, more than ever.

    ”A month ago he wouldn’t have come out of the game,” Showalter acknowledged. ”We know that. You know it.”

    After being replaced by Jace Peterson, Machado sat in the dugout, wearing a sweatshirt and joking with his teammates.

    ”I don’t know why (Showalter) did it or not,” Machado said. ”He just told me, `I’m going to take you out. You had a good first half and go represent us well in the All-Star Game.”’

    Machado is Baltimore’s lone representative for Tuesday’s showcase. He has spent his entire career in Baltimore, but his contract expires after this season and the Orioles don’t appear interested in locking him up with a long-term deal.

    ”I’m going to the All-Star Game as an Oriole and as a shortstop. It’s just always a blessing,” Machado said. ”I thank God. I thank my family for always supporting me, my teammates [url=]Demarcus Robinson Jersey[/url] , the fans, the organization. I mean it’s just been very incredible.”

    In a matchup between two teams staggering into the break, Texas got a first-inning grand slam from rookie Ronald Guzman but quickly gave the lead away in losing for the seventh time in nine games.

    Machado ignited the comeback with his 24th homer, and Jones’ bases-clearing double in the third off Mike Minor (6-6) put Baltimore ahead to stay.

    ”I’ll be fine,” said Minor, who yielded five earned runs in 2 2/3 innings. ”I’ll reflect a little bit and then get back to it.”

    The game ended when Texas pinch-runner Carlos Tocci was thrown out at the plate on a double by Elvis Andrus. Running from first base, Tocci was tagged out by catcher Caleb Joseph following throws by right fielder Mark Trumbo and second baseman Jonathan Schoop.

    ”Textbook,” Showalter said.

    Texas manager Jeff Bannister called it a ”situation where they had to throw it on line to throw Tocci out. They executed well.”

    Tanner Scott (1-1), the first of four Baltimore relievers, earned his first big league win.

    Zach Britton, another Oriole supposedly on the trading block, worked the ninth for his fourth save, the second in two days.

    Texas broke on top when Miguel Castro issued three straight walks and Guzman sent a one-out drive over the right-field wall for his first career grand slam.

    It was 4-1 in the third when Joseph hit an RBI double and Jones doubled down the left-field line following a walk to Machado.

    Shin-Soo Choo homered in the seventh to get the Rangers to 6-5.


    Choo opened the game with a walk, extending to 51 his single-season club record streak of games reaching base via a hit, walk or HBP. … Texas’ Delino DeShields went 0 for 3 [url=]Vic Beasley Jersey[/url] , stretching his hitless drought to 28 at-bats. … Jones snapped a 1-for-16 skid with his third-inning double.


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

    Orioles: RHP Chris Tillman (back) was set to make his final rehab start Sunday for Triple-A Norfolk. … INF Steve Wilkerson (oblique) and OF Craig Gentry (rib fracture) likely won’t come off the DL before August, Showalter said. … RHP Andrew Cashner (neck strain) will be activated from the DL on Saturday or Sunday to face Toronto, Showalter said.


    Rangers: The rotation after the All-Star break, beginning Friday against visiting Cleveland: Martin Perez, Bartolo Colon, Cole Hamels, Yovani Gallardo and Minor.

    Orioles: After the All-Star break, Dylan Bundy will start at Toronto on Friday night.

    — Indianapolis Colts starting safeties Malik Hooker and Clayton Geathers waited anxiously for months to get back to work.

    They agonizingly watched teammates run around as they learned the new defense. They were limited to sideline duty when the practice pace picked up at June’s three-day minicamp. And they were still out when training camp opened.

    Now both have returned from knee surgery, eager to show the coaches just what they can do.

    “It’s been rough, but I try to get those thoughts out of my head and just keep going and try to help this team win,” Geathers said Friday. “That was my goal coming in as a rookie and then one thing led to another. So I’m just trying to get back and get right.”

    While things haven’t gone quite as smoothly as they’d hoped, at least they’ve been activated from the physically unable to perform list. Both are able to participate in position and individual drills and believe they’ll soon be in 11-on-11 team work after a long, circuitous road back.

    For Geathers, it’s been one obstacle after another.

    He showed promise as a rookie, making two starts and getting 31 tackles after the Colts selected him in the fourth round of the 2015 draft. Chuck Pagano’s staff figured the next NFL prospect from the Geathers’ family tree was perfectly suited as a hybrid safety/linebacker at 6-foot-2 [url=]B.J. Goodson Jersey[/url] , 220 pounds.

    Instead, Geathers missed seven games in 2016 with an assortment of injuries, including a concussion that put him on the season-ending injured reserve list in mid-December.

    Then Geathers needed offseason neck surgery, sat out until Week 11 and wound up making eight tackles while playing five of the Colts’ last six games. He spent the offseason again recovering from surgery, this time on his knee.

    “I went and got the procedure and one thing led to another and now we are here,” he said. “We are off PUP and now we are back getting acclimated.”

    Hooker has a playmaking pedigree.

    As a senior at Ohio State, he finished third in FBS with seven interceptions and led the nation by returning three for touchdowns. The Colts liked him so much they couldn’t wait to take him with the No. 15 overall pick in the 2017 draft, prompting then-coach Pagano to draw a quick comparison with one of his former star pupils, Ed Reed.

    Indy took a cautious approach with Hooker in training camp as he recovered from shoulder and sports hernia surgeries, but Hooker injured his hamstring at his first practice.

    Once he finally got healthy, Hooker performed precisely as the Colts expected. He picked off passes in each of his first three starts, tying Eugene Daniels’ Indianapolis era record for most consecutive games with an interception by a rookie.

    But seven games into the season, Hooker tore the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his right knee, requiring surgery that kept him off the field until Thursday.

    “The ACL injury is a difficult injury to recover from, but I think and the coaching staff thinks that I’m doing a great job of recovering from that and just getting back out there [url=]Sammy Watkins Jersey[/url] , not thinking twice about cutting, moving and things like that,” Hooker said.

    New coach Frank Reich hasn’t provided a timetable for either to return to full action though the hope is both will be ready for the Sept. 9 season opener against Cincinnati.

    Oddly enough, the starting safety duo has yet to work side by side, at practice or in a game, a streak likely to remain intact when the Colts open the preseason Thursday night at Seattle.

    Still, the Colts think they have quite the combination.

    “Just their physical presence — I’m standing over there and you look over there — I’m just telling you as a quarterback you notice it,” Reich said. “It’s a physical presence. You also know as a quarterback when you are playing a safety who has that knack to have ball production. You know guys like Earl Thomas. When you are a quarterback, you know ‘I can’t make a mistake’ and any little mistake is going to be amplified when you’ve got a playmaker like that (Hooker).”

    NOTES: Andrew Luck took another big step during Sunday morning’s practice with a touchdown pass as time ran out in the two-minute drill. Under duress, Luck scrambled to his left and threw the ball 45 yards against his body while on the move. “That’s a tough throw to make, so that’s definitely checking something off,” Reich said. … Left tackle Anthony Castonzo and Denzelle Good, who is competing to start at right tackle, both sat out with hamstring injuries. Reich said Castonzo will miss “some time” after reinjuring the hamstring that initially put him on the non-football injury list. Castonzo was activated Wednesday. He was hurt in Friday night’s practice.

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