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Machado gets 1st major league start at SS for struggling O's

Machado gets 1st major league start at SS for struggling O's

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 31, 2015 at 4:20 p.m.


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BALTIMORE (AP) — Manny Machado will start at shortstop for the first time in his major league career when the Orioles host Tampa Bay on Monday night.

Machado played shortstop in the minors, but has been at third base since making his debut with Baltimore in 2012. He won a Gold Glove at third in 2013.

Manager Buck Showalter made the switch in an effort to shake up a club that has lost 10 of 11 games.

Showalter says: "Sometimes you're in need of a little different look."

J.J. Hardy has been a mainstay at shortstop for Baltimore, but he is on the disabled list with a groin strain.

It's uncertain if Machado will stay at shortstop until Hardy returns.

Showalter says: "We're trying to win and this gives us the best chance tonight."

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