Manny Machado will turn 22 years old a month from now and he is one of the brightest rising stars in baseball. But age is no excuse for his bush league move in Sunday's 11-1 loss to the Oakland Athletics in which he clearly intended to throw his bat at Oakland pitcher Fernado Abad. The bat ended up flying down the third-base line instead of toward the pitcher's mound, though Machado claimed the bat slipped out of his hands. No one is buying that story and Machado should be suspended for at least five games. Machado's bat throwing was the culmination of a series of events that began Friday night, when Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson tagged out Machado on a ground ball with two outs in the third inning, leading to a benches-clearing incident when Machado took exception to the play. Normally, a third baseman would throw to first on that play, and the tag appeared to catch Machado off-balance and he flung his helmet to the ground as he fell and had words with Donaldson. But Donaldson didn't do anything wrong and he obviously has the right to tag Machado. It's time for Adam Jones or Chris Davis to sit down with Machado and have some "guy time" and tell the young third baseman that there are better ways to handle these situations in the future.
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The 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft began last night and he Houston Astros had the No. 1 pick again. This time the Astros selected a pitcher polished beyond his years. California high school left-hander Brady Aiken was the first selection in the Major League Baseball draft Thursday night. Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said that Aiken is the most advanced high school pitcher he has ever seen in his entire career and has great command. He hits 95 mph with the fastball with an above average curveball. In this past season, he was 7-0 with a 1.06 ERA. He has committed to UCLA, which is his bargaining chip. If the Astros don't meet the asking price from Aiken, he certainly could be a Bruin. Aiken, of course, has a long road ahead of him to reach the Major Leagues, but the Astros are confident he'll be a big part of their rotation in the future.
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