Third baseman's strong defense complemented by three hits, stolen base
By Bryan Hoch and Brittany Ghiroli
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Led by three one-hit innings from Wei-Yin Chen and an all-around strong performance by third baseman Manny Machado, the Orioles held off the Yankees, 3-1, at Ed Smith Stadium on Tuesday afternoon. Young fireballer Kevin Gausman followed Chen on the hill and worked a pair of innings.
Yankees starter Chase Whitley worked around three walks to complete three scoreless innings and was followed by Esmil Rogers, who fanned two in his one inning.
Second baseman Jonathan Schoop doubled in Ryan Lavarnway, who had singled, to put the Orioles on the scoreboard first in the fifth. It was one of two doubles for Schoop, who batted in the No. 9 spot.
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Machado does it all: Schoop scored on Machado's third hit of the afternoon, a grounder up the middle off the Yankees' Brandon Pinder, to push Baltimore's lead to two.
Machado also impressed in the field, as the All-Star third baseman -- coming back from last year's season-ending right knee surgery -- was up to his old defensive wizardry. In the third inning, Machado robbed Didi Gregorius of a hit, grabbing a ball that veered from fair territory into foul ground and back into fair territory, firing to first for the out.
No slowing Chen: Using a new changeup grip, Chen became the O's first starter to go three innings this spring, getting Chris Young to ground out in a 1-2-3 third. The lefty struck out two and hasn't allowed a run in five Grapefruit League innings.
Keeping the lead safe: With the bases loaded in the top of the sixth, O's Rule 5 pick Jason Garcia got Stephen Drew to pop out to keep the club's two-run lead intact. Second baseman Rey Navarro gave Baltimore its third run with a seventh-inning homer over the left-field wall.
"He's been moving, running. Without giving any secrets, everyone here is on their own. That tells you how good he's feeling." -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter on Machado, who singled in his first at-bat and stole second
"It's the first time you got a bunch of bells and whistles -- the crowd, he's facing the better part of the lineup and it's the first time he's playing a team that some people think is noteworthy. I thought he presented himself well. I actually think he's going through a little -- it's not quite the life he's going to have or had earlier. It was good to see him get through it." -- Showalter on Garcia