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.
On Monday night, we watched Roy Halladay struggle and on Tuesday night it was Tim Lincecum's turn. In his first start last week, Lincecum walked seven and won. In his second start on Tuesday night, he walked three in a five-run inning, including the pitcher, and got away with a no-decision. And, for the second straight Lincecum start, the Giants pulled out the victory. Lincecum’s velocity remains down, and he continues to be unable to strike out batters with any consistency. Fantasy owners can enjoy the strikeouts he will rack up, but the ERA will be tough to swallow.