Machado's Homer Powers Orioles

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Manny Machado capped off a five-run ninth inning with a three-run homer off Joel Hanrahan as the Orioles defeated the Red Sox 8-5 on Wednesday. Then Machado took a 95-mph fastball from Hanrahan over the Green Monster, silencing what was left of the first non-sellout at Fenway Park  in 795 regular-season games. Machado has gotten off to a slow start this year, so this could be the turning point for him. The home run was the first of the year for Machado and it was his only hit on the night.  Fantasy owners need to remain patient with the 20-year old.

 MLB News & Notes

  • Erick Aybar (heel) appears headed for the disabled list after injuring his left heel on the first base bag. Aybar was off to an excellent start, batting .321 in his first seven games. Alberto Callaspo will continue to fill in until Aybar returns.
  • Carl Crawford hit a homer and a triple on Wednesday in San Diego. He is now batting .480 and although Crawford will not hit 20 home runs this year, he does have sneaky pop and it was on display last night.
  • Chad Billingsley earned the victory in his season debut after allowing one run in six innings Wednesday against the Padres. Billingsley was able to limit the damage and considering it was his first outing after two injuries it was really good.
  • Bryce Harper blasted a 420-foot solo home run, his fourth bomb of the season. Harper went 2-for-4 performance in Wednesday's win over the White Sox.
  • Joe Blanton gave up six runs and 10 hits in five innings Wednesday in a loss to the Athletics. The Angels thought Blanton's ERAs were deceptive and that if he was put in a big ballpark with a great defensive outfield, he would turn things around. That may happen, but after two starts he's 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA.
  • Domonic Brown has gotten off to a slow start, but Wednesday night his three-run homer helped the Phillies beat the Mets. Fantasy owners have been waiting for Brown to live up to all the hype that has surrounded him in recent years and it appears the Phillies are going to give him every opportunity to succeed this year.
  • Evan Gattis started and hit cleanup against the Marlins on Wednesday, going 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI. The home run was his second homer in as many nights and according the Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez, Gattis will get about 75% of the starts behind the plate and continue to hit cleanup.
  • David Ortiz (heels) will begin a minor league rehab assignment today with Triple-A Pawtucket. The Red Sox hope to have Ortiz back in the lineup next week.
  • Michael Saunders (shoulder) laid it all on the line as he crashed into the right field wall and he could miss a month with a shoulder sprain of his right shoulder.
  •  John Lackey (bicep strain) was placed on the 15-day disabled list - retroactive to April 7. Lackey had already been scratched from his next start, but now he will be sidelined for the next ten days.