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Manny Machado puts Orioles on top of Yankees in Game 3 of ALDS with solo home run

Oct 10, 2012, 9:21 PM EDT

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In the top of the third inning, the Orioles’ eighth hitter drove a ball deep into the right field seats at Yankee Stadium for a 1-0 lead. The Yankees rallied back to tie things up in the bottom of the third. But now Baltimore’s ninth hitter has made some noise.

Manny Machado, a 20-year-old infield prospect who was promoted to the major leagues in early August, drove a Hiroki Kuroda slider over the fence in left field in the top of the fifth, lifting the Orioles back on top of the Yankees 2-1 in Game 3 of this ALDS.

Machado batted just .262 with a .294 OBP in 202 plate appearances this summer, but he tallied seven dingers, eight doubles and three triples for a respectable .445 slugging percentage. And now his power has launched him into an elite historical class. Before tonight, only Mickey Mantle, Miguel Cabrera and Andruw Jones had hit postseason home runs before age 21.

  1. blacksables - Oct 11, 2012 at 3:34 AM

    HIstory happens the first time someone does something, not the fourth. I’ll bet you can’t name the fourth man to walk on the moon without looking it up, because it’s not historical. Its part of an amazing list.

    I’ll give you the elite class, but would you guys please stop saying everything that happens is historical?

    Someone can’t join a historical after the fact. They either made the history, or followed in the footsteps of someone who did. Two distinct occurences.

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