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Manny Machado Will Shift To Shortstop For Orioles In 2018

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Though he won’t be changing teams, Baltimore Orioles slugger Manny Machado will be changing positions in 2018.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter confirmed that Machado will move to shortstop, his natural position, in 2018.

“He’s going to play shortstop,” confirmed Showalter on Saturday at Orioles FanFest on Saturday.

Tim Beckham will trade positions with Machado, sliding from short to third on the diamond. Baltimore acquired Beckham from the Tampa Bay Rays during last year’s trade deadline, and he hit .306 with 10 homers in 216 at-bats for the Orioles down the stretch.

“I’m open to (moving to third base), especially if it helps the team,” said Beckham during FanFest to MLB.com. “The end goal is to win ballgames and we don’t want to lose sight of that. I don’t want to make this a big deal. I’ll just transition over there, continue to make the plays and be consistent.”

Beckham, 28, has only five career starts at the hot corner, and none since 2016, according to BaltimoreBaseball.com’s Paul Folkemer.

Despite being drafted as a shortstop by the Orioles in 2008, Machado has appeared in only 52 games (45 in 2016) there during his six years with Baltimore.

J.J. Hardy has been the primary shortstop for the Orioles in his years as Machado’s teammate, but his departure for free agency opened up the opportunity for the change.

“Manny’s basically played shortstop in the shift for three or four years,” said Showalter. “I think we’re moving Manny back to his natural position. And Tim’s been playing a lot of places. So I know how important Manny is to our team, and I think he can be the most impactful there, especially with the loss of J.J.”

According to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, Machado has expressed a desire to play shortstop as long as he’s been part of the Orioles’ organization.

“He always has (been interested), since the day he signed,” said Showalter back in December. “To say that Manny and I haven’t had conversations about it over the years, I wouldn’t be truthful.”

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Yankees Activating Aaron Judge Friday

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The New York Yankees are activating slugger Aaron Judge from the injured list on Friday, according to MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch.

Judge is coming off a rehab stint in Triple A, where he played all week as he prepare for his official return to the Yankees following a left oblique strain that has kept him out of action since April 21st.

With Judge returning, the Yankees have some tough decisions to make, as it hangs a cloud of uncertainty over the status of outfielder Cameron Maybin.

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Rays Place Yandy Diaz On 10-Day IL

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The Tampa Bay Rays have placed third baseman Yandy Diaz on the 10-day injured list, according to MLB.com’s Juan Toribio.

In a corresponding move, the Rays called up infielder Daniel Robertson to take Diaz’s spot on the roster.

Diaz has been dealing with hamstring tightness lately and will now hope to rehab for a quick return to the active roster.

Diaz has posted a slash line of .286/.363/.502 hitting and 11 home runs thus far this season.

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Astros Activate Jose Altuve

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The Houston Astros have activated second baseman Jose Altuve from the injured list and he is now active on the roster.

In a corresponding move, the Astros optioned lefty Cionel Perez to create the roster spot needed for the addition of Altuve.

Altuve, who last played back on May 10th, hit the injured list with a left hamstring strain.

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