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Amid Trade Rumors, Manny Machado Delivers In Orioles' Win Vs. Yankees

July 11, 2018
BALTIMORE -- Another day of Manny Machado trade rumors climaxed with another night of excellence from the Orioles shortstop.

While Machado waits to find out his next destination, he continues to relish his time with the Orioles, blasting two home runs during a 6-5 win against the New York Yankees July 10.

Machado, who has 23 home runs on the season, hit a 444-foot solo shot in the fifth and a two-run homer in the seventh.

Machado's big night came amid increased reports that the Yankees and Boston Red Sox are interested in signing the shortstop. 

With a myriad of teams interested in Machado, a deal could come before the July 17 All-Star Game, according to an industry source. The non-waiver trade deadline is July 31. 

Machado, who has regularly addressed the reports, acknowledged he's thinking about the end of his seven seasons in Baltimore.
 
"It crosses my mind, I'm not going to lie," Machado said. "You just try to enjoy your moment, try to enjoy the season like I have since Day 1, since I stepped in here. You try to take it all in. Nobody ever wants to think about that day.

"… It's a tough situation. You try to soak it in. People want you, teams want you. You try to soak it in, but at the same time, you've just got to let it slide."

Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop, who has been friends with Machado since 2010, is trying not to think about the end of their time together. 

"I don't want to think that," Schoop said. "You hear the rumors, but I don't want to think about it. I just want to go out there and enjoy him while we can enjoy him. Whatever happens, happens."

Showalter preferred to focus on the Orioles' win against the Yankees -- their second in three games.

"Unless you know something I don't, he's playing tomorrow," manager Buck Showalter said. "… I think if and when it happens, it'll be something I'll have a better reflection on. Right now, I think we are excited about beating a real good team."

For the Orioles, wins against a good team -- or any team -- have been few and far between this season. They've gone 5-4 against the Yankees, owners of one of the top records in baseball this season, and 21-62 against everyone else.

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