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Manny Machado is rather ridiculous. He’s good at baseball, even though he’s playing out of position and learning on the fly while not yet 21-years old. Last night, in the ninth inning of a one-run game, Manny Machado did what you see above. He made a ridiculous play in a very important moment of the game.

Judging by the super slo-mo replay at the end of this clip, he made that play by the narrowest of margins, thanks in no small part to a set of very large fingers. The ability/confidence to adjust the ball in his hand as he throws it, then tossing a strike to first to nail the very speedy Desmond Jennings, is pretty sweet indeed.

If the whole “star infielder” thing doesn’t work out, maybe Manny can find a second career as a splitter-throwing reliever? He has a hose and would be Miami Bruce Sutter with that forkball grip. Think it over, Manny. Just keep it in your back pocket, you know?

Pittsburgh Pirates v Baltimore Orioles

The Atlanta Braves added depth to their bullpen on Wednesday, acquiring reliever Luis Ayala from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for minor league left-hander Chris Jones.

Ayala, a nine-year veteran, has appeared in two games this season for the Orioles, allowing two runs on four hits. Last season, the 35-year old right-hander appeared in 66 games for Baltimore, posting a 2.64 ERA, 3.67 FIP with 6.1 K/9. The Orioles had been trying to deal him since spring training.

The Braves have been short in regards to bullpen options after learning set-up man Jonny Venters would be out for the first four weeks of the season with a elbow injury. Currently the Braves bullpen consists of Jordan Walden, Eric O’Flaherty, Luis Avilan, Cory Gearrin, Cristhian Martinez and closer Craig Kimbrel. Combined they have a 1.88 ERA and 6.4 K/9 in 24 innings pitched this season.

Chicago Cubs v Pittsburgh Pirates

It didn’t take long for baseball to issue their first suspension of the season, but today, they announced Baltimore Orioles pitcher Daniel McCutchen has been suspended 50 games for testing positive for violating the minor league baseball drug policy.

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Spring Training doesn’t count for anything. It doesn’t. It is practice. Warm up for the long regular season. Training. Reherseal.

In the spirit of preparing for the regular season, here is third base umpire Bill Welke getting into mid-July “Ump Show” form. What might seem like a harmless move by Orioles catcher Luis Exposito, stopping a slow rolling baseball with his catching mask, is actually an INFRACTION OF THE RULES.

Welke catches this heinous act from his third base perch and immediately signals the runner on third base, Wil Myers, home; punishing Exposito for his indiscretions.

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Minnesota Twins v Baltimore Orioles

2012 Record: 93-69, 2nd AL East
2012 Pythagorean Record: 82-80
Impact Player: CF Adam Jones
Impact Pitcher: LHP Wei-Yin Chen
Top Prospect: RHP Dylan Bundy

Significant Acquisitions: IF Alexi Casilla, 3B/1B Danny Valencia, LHP Daniel Schlereth, OF Trayvon Robinson

Significant Departures: 1B/3B Mark Reynolds, LHP Joe Saunders, IF Roberto Andino, OF Endy Chavez, DH Jim Thome, DH Nick Johnson, LHP Randy Wolf

The Baltimore Orioles had one of the most remarkable seasons in recent memory. After 14 years of losing and coming off a 69-93 season with a top-heavy-but-thin farm system, Baltimore and their new General Manager Dan Duquette appeared to be in for a long re-rebuilding project. Then, that elusive vagabond Lady Luck decided the Orioles were due for a little good fortune.

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Dylan Bundy is no stranger to long-time readers of Getting Blanked. He is no stranger to prospect watchers, who rank Bundy among the top five prospects in all of baseball.

After Bundy pitched two innings of relief against the Yankees today, allowing one walk and one hit. He is now no stranger to the intrepid YES viewers who managed to hang on into the third inning of a blowout Spring Training game.

More than anything, Dylan Bundy is no stranger to Juan Rivera. Rivera might be a broken-down shell of his former self (which wasn’t that great to begin with) but he knows a knee-buckler when he sees/is frozen by one. And, judging by this gif and his knees, Juan Rivera will not soon forget Dylan Bundy.

New York Yankees v Baltimore Orioles

Sometimes, simpler is better. Sometimes, mathematically gymnastics are required to extract good from evil and separate the informational wheat from the noisy chaff. Joe Lemire of SI.com has a great article today, on a simple measure for a different type of win expectancy: batters faced.

Lemire leans on the work and experience of former Orioles pitching coach and current director of pitching development Rick Peterson in unveiling the mystical properties of the number 39 – as in 39 total batters faced for a pitching team is often the difference between winning and losing.

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