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Baltimore Orioles Have Called Up Prospect Manny Machado To Help With Playoff Push

Dan Duquette and the Baltimore Orioles have decided to call up superstar prospect Manny Machado from Double-A Bowie. Machado will make his first start in the big leagues tonight against the Kansas City Royals at third base.

I know what you’re thinking… that was fast, right?

Sure it was, but the Orioles are in the midst of their first serious playoff push in 15 years and they’re going to do everything they can to improve their team down the stretch. “If we can do something that makes us two inches better to have a chance to win the last 49 games, we’re going to do it,” Buck Showalter told reporters after the Orioles swept the Mariners on Wednesday.

Knotted in a three way race for an AL Wild Card spot and trailing the Yankees by 4.5 games in the East, this move proves that the Orioles are all-in. They aren’t just playing for their first winning season since 1996, they’re playing to make the postseason.

The 20-year-old Machado leaves Bowie with a 9-game hitting streak in which he went 16-for-33 with three doubles, two triples, three home runs and 7 RBI. He’s batted .275 since the All-Star break and has played just two games at third base.

Let the Manny Machado era officially begin.

Why Not 2012?