Trade bait Machado helps O’s top Yanks

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Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka reacts after giving up a fifth-inning home run to the Orioles’ Manny Machado on Tuesday in Baltimore.

The Associated Press BALTIMORE (AP) — There’s no telling how long the Baltimore Orioles will have Manny Machado on their side, so they’re going to enjoy it while they can.

Machado hit two home runs, Jonathan Schoop singled in the winning run with two outs in the ninth inning, and Baltimore rallied past the New York Yankees 6-5 Tuesday night.

With his contract due to expire after this season and the Orioles seemingly unwilling to pony up the money to keep him in Baltimore, Machado appears destined to be shipped to another team before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

“It crosses my mind, I’m not going to lie,” Machado said. “You just try to enjoy your moment, try to enjoy the season like I have since Day 1. You try to take it all in. Nobody ever wants to think about that day.”

Especially Schoop, who considers Machado his closest friend on the team.

“You hear the rumors, but I don’t want to think about it,” Schoop said. “I just want to go out there and enjoy him while we can.”

Machado had a solo shot in the fifth and a two-run homer in the seventh, giving him 23 for the season. He’s the AL All-Star starter at shortstop, and playing like it.

“He’s a great hitter. That’s what great hitters do,” New York’s Aaron Judge said. “They do damage and score runs. We weren’t able to keep him at bay.”

Greg Bird homered and drove in four runs for the Yankees, who dropped 3½ games behind first-place Boston in the AL East.

After Machado brought the Orioles back from deficits of 3-2 and 5-3, Schoop won it in the ninth against Dellin Betances (1-3).

New York is an inexplicable 4-5 against the Orioles and 55-26 against everyone else.

Coming off the disabled list after being sidelined for a month with two sore hamstrings, Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka allowed three runs in 4⅓ innings. He was pulled, as planned, after throwing 80 pitches.

League to test time limit

Limiting mound visits is one thing. But if you really want to control the length of a baseball game, there are other, more direct ways of doing it.

One small league in Michigan is taking an unusual step.

The United Shore Professional Baseball League said starting Thursday, its public games will not begin an inning after the 2-hour, 25-minute mark. Director of baseball operations Justin Orenduff says the idea is to give fans some certainty on when a game will be over if the pace of play is lagging.

“What we’re in hopes of is, we know that if it’s 9 o’clock and the game is still maybe dragging in terms of overall speed, then the family still may stay and get the full experience of the game,” Orenduff said. “Stay to the conclusion, because they know that there’s a time limit in place.”

The USPBL is a four-team league that bills itself as a “developmental finishing school” for players trying to reach the majors. Not all of its games are open to the public. The league was launched in 2016 and plays in Utica, just north of Detroit.Speech

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