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Manny Machado dropped to seventh in Orioles’ batting order

May 29, 2014, 6:29 PM EDT

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Manny Machado has struggled since returning from left knee surgery and Orioles manager Buck Showalter has dropped him to seventh in the order for tonight’s game against the Astros.

Machado has functioned exclusively as Baltimore’s No. 2 hitter since he was activated on May 1, but he’s batting just .224/.280/.296 over his first 25 games. While the 21-year-old has hit safely in 10 out of his last 11 games, he hasn’t shown much in the way of power and his patience is still a work in progress. This is his first start in the lower-third of the batting order since he was first called up late in 2012, but he surely won’t stick there for long if his production begins to pick up.

The Orioles are going with Steve Pearce as their No. 2 hitter tonight against right-hander Brad Peacock.

  1. Joe - May 29, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    I’m loathe to disparage a kid from Maine, but if the problem with your #2 batter is that he’s not getting on base, I don’t think Ryan Flaherty is the solution.

    • ravens2014 - May 29, 2014 at 7:22 PM

      pearce is batting second, not flaherty. not sure why it says that.

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - May 29, 2014 at 7:36 PM

        I was gonna say, Flaherty would be a very strange choice indeed.

    • yahmule - May 29, 2014 at 7:59 PM

      They should pencil in The Flahrt @ cleanup tonight. It’s the last thing Houston will expect.

  2. scoutsaysweitersisabust - May 29, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    Buck tends to stick with his guys a little longer than he should to be honest. Machado probably should have been dropped down a week or two ago. Hopefully the kid will regain the patience that made him such a success last year (which translated into a ton of opposite field doubles). I think he’s been taking a few too many tips from Adam Jones.

  3. roroandrayay - May 29, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    The name of the team should be changed to Cruz, the Baltimore Cruz.

    • beachnbaseball - May 30, 2014 at 8:07 AM

      Cruz needs to share his magical Dominican milkshakes with his teammates.

  4. miguelcairo - May 30, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    He’ll come around, too talented not to.

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