Manny Machado played five innings at third base in extended spring training.

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BOSTON Brian Matusz started during spring training. Manager Buck Showalter said that Matusz went that long because Zach Britton was unavailable because of illness. Showalter said Britton pitching three innings as he did Wednesday and Friday nights extended Matusz outing are temporary. Theyll have to go shorter and shorter, but right now were taking advantage of where they were in spring training, Showalter said.

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Jonathan Schoop had recorded the first three-hit game of his young career by the seventh inning Friday night. The Baltimore third baseman – getting playing time in the place of injured Manny Machado – went 4 for 5 with two doubles and two RBIs, and the Orioles pounded Red Sox starter John Lackey in an 8-4 victory over Boston. ”As intense as these games are at this level, you do step back and watch Jon,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of his rookie third baseman. ”It feels really, really good.” After Schoop’s first hit in the third inning, an infield hit to deep short, he scored on Nick Markakis’ double to put the Orioles up 2-0.

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An 8-year-old boy from Atlanta named Wyatt Alford came to spring training in Sarasota, Fla. and saw left-hander Brian Matusz pitch for the Baltimore Orioles. Alford didn’t know until the next morning by reading a newspaper that they have something important in common: They both have severe nut allergies. Matusz still gets teased about it by his teammates, and suspects Alford has gone through similar treatment. But it’s nothing to be embarrassed about, Matusz says.
Inspired by watching Matusz, 27, succeed in Major League Baseball, the young boy became an instant fan and mailed him some unique items to autograph. As a result, Matusz, too, became a big fan of Alford’s.
Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reported the details of a neat acquaintance between a boy and a ballplayer:

Inside the envelope was a newspaper article detailing Matusz’s frightening allergic reaction to a dinner prepared in peanut oil March 9 that sent the 27-year-old left-hander to the emergency room.

Also included in the package was a portable shot of epinephrine that allergy sufferers carry in case of a reaction. Although similar in content to the ubiquitous EpiPen, the Auvi-Q inside Matusz’s envelope was instead square and flat like a thick credit card — easy for autographing — and included audio instructions for injecting it.

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MINNEAPOLIS — Clutch with their bats so far this season, the Minnesota Twins simply left them on their shoulders Thursday in the second game of a split doubleheader against the Toronto Blue Jays. The Twins batted around in a wild eighth inning, drawing eight walks and three wild pitches, scoring six runs on one hit, turning a two-run deficit into a 9-5 win at Target Field. The victory gave Minnesota the doubleheader sweep as the Twins shut out the Blue Jays 7-0 in the first game. Minnesota drew 12 walks in the game.

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Here is our first installment of MLB Power Rankings featuring thoughts on each team from Mark Zuckerman, Chase Hughes and myself, Steve Roney:

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BALTIMORE The Orioles were chosen to play in Mondays Patriots Day game in Boston. Each year, the Red Sox host an 11:05 a.m. game designed to end so that exiting fans can watch the finish of the Boston Marathon, which starts at noon. The actual anniversary was on Tuesday, but all week in Boston, special events have been held paying respects to those lost. For the Orioles, it represents a quick turnaround since theyll play an ESPN Sunday night game that begins at 7:05 p.m.

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BALTIMORE — The rainout of the Tampa Bay-Baltimore Orioles game on Tuesday gave the Rays a much needed reprieve with their beleaguered starting pitching. Right-hander Jake Odorizzi was scheduled to start Tuesday night, but he came down with an illness the previous day. Even though Odorizzi was available, the Rays did not want to test him in the rainy, cold conditions at Camden Yards. Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon was ready to use right-hander Brandon Gomes in a spot start, but once the game was postponed, he was able to get Odorizzi back on the mound for Wednesday’s regularly scheduled game.

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For decades, Washington had no baseball team. When the last iteration of the Senators moved away from D.C. in 1971, many baseball fans in and around Washington shifted their rooting allegiance to the Baltimore Orioles, the closest team around. But when the Montreal Expos moved to Washington and became the Nationals in 2005, a lot of rooting lines got blurry. Plus, generally Washington people do not identify with Baltimore.

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