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70-56, 3rd in AL East

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

If you've never seen Glenn Donnellan play his Electric Slugger - an amped violin that he custom-crafted out of a bat - you're missing out. If you've never seen Nats pitching coach Mike Maddux play the Electric Slugger...well, you're probably OK. Here's Maddux fiddling around after Donnellan's national anthem soundcheck at Nats Park.

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How do Orioles rank in intangibles?

It's a no-brainer that Chris Davis and Mark Trumbo rank high in power, but where does Adam Jones rank in baserunning skill? What about Darren O'Day and Ubaldo Jimenez when it comes to inducing weak contact? Dan Szymborski breaks it down. Ranking "intangible" tools (Insider)

Lineup: Orioles (70-56) at Nationals (73-53)

  • 1. Adam Jones, CF (R)
  • 2. Steve Pearce, LF (R)
  • 3. Manny Machado, 3B (R)
  • 4. Chris Davis, 1B (L)
  • 5. Mark Trumbo, RF (R)
  • 6. Jonathan Schoop, 2B (R)
  • 7. Matt Wieters, C (S)
  • 8. J.J. Hardy, SS (R)
  • 9. Ubaldo Jiminez, RHP
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Manny Machado owns the Nationals

Machado went 4-for-6 with a home run on Wednesday, improving his lifetime batting average against the Nats to .391 (27-for-69). That's the fifth-highest average by any player with at least 60 at-bats against the Expos/Nats franchise, per the Elias Sports Bureau.

  • Carl Crawford (.457)
  • Bernie Williams (.435)
  • Randall Simon (.421)
  • Sean Casey (.398)

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A first for Manny Machado

Machado has accomplished plenty in his young career -- including a three-homer, seven-RBI game earlier this month -- but Wednesday marks the first time that the 24-year-old has had four hits and four RBIs in the same game, ESPN Stats & Info notes.

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Inside Heat: Kubatko On Showalter's Moves

Buster Olney talks to MASN's Roch Kubatko about the brilliant job done by Buck Showalter this season, Showalter's uncanny knowledge of the club's farm system and more.

Stats & Info

Wednesday's longest home runs

Entering Wednesday, only two of Adonis Garcia's 10 home runs on the year eclipsed 400 feet. No. 11 passed that mark by a landslide. Manny Machado, Evan Longoria, Paul Goldschmidt and Justin Upton round out the list.

Orioles hold off Nationals (1:00)

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Orioles closer Zach Britton just gave up an earned run for the first time since April, as Anthony Rendon doubled in Bryce Harper. Oh by the way, the O's almost blew a 10-3 lead in the ninth. But Britton escaped by getting Ryan Zimmerman on a game-ending DP. Baltimore wins 10-8 and can sweep the Battle of the Beltway with a win over Washington tomorrow.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Daniel Murphy must not like being second-best. On the first day since May 8th that he wasn't leading the NL in hitting (D.J. LeMahieu was), the Nats slugger has gone 3-for-5, including a ninth inning grand slam. Murphy's first career salami, it cuts the O's lead to 10-7.

Ledecky throws first pitch as Harper holds her medals (0:43)

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Sellout crowd of 39,100 in DC to watch Nats/Orioles. That's about 50% more than there were at Camden Yards on Tuesday. The eye test (way more orange tonight than red yesterday) says that O's fans take this geographic rivalry way more seriously than Nats fans.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Bipartisan Nats/O's crowd chanting "U-S-A" as first pitch thrower (and DC native) Katie Ledecky is shown on the Nats Park jumbotron in between innings.

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Golden arm: Ledecky hurls 1st pitch at Nats-O's

Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky traded in the pool for the diamond on Wednesday, as she threw out the first pitch at a game between the Nationals and Orioles.


Machado sparks Orioles early

Manny Machado hit a two-run homer in the first inning and added an RBI single in the second, as the Orioles have raced out to an early 5-1 lead over the Nationals. Follow live

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

At Nats Park, DC native Katie Ledecky hands her hardware to Bryce Harper, then throws out the first pitch.

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Any Orioles among MLB's top defenders?

Matt Wieters has a cannon for an arm behind the plate, Manny Machado is as smooth as butter in the infield and Adam Jones can throw runners out from center field with the best of them. Does Keith Law rank any of them No. 1 at what they do? Best fielding/throwing tools (Insider)

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Cal Ripken Jr. excelled on a struggling squad

In 1991, Ripken won the AL MVP and his first career Gold Glove Award. His 368 total bases that season led the majors, something only Alex Rodriguez, Robin Yount, Ernie Banks and Honus Wagner have done as shortstops. But the Orioles finished 67-95. Great players on bad teams

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Tuesday starters key to AL East?

The Blue Jays, Red Sox and Orioles all won, so the O's remain two games behind the Jays and Sox in the division. Kevin Gausman's six scoreless innings are much more important for Baltimore when you consider Chris Tillman's injury. Five things we learned Tuesday

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Gausman continues his Camden dominance

After throwing six scoreless innings on Tuesday, Kevin Gausman is now 5-0 with a 1.57 ERA over his last five starts at home. The last Orioles pitcher to go 5-0 with an ERA that low over a five-start span at home within one season was Jimmy Key in 1997 (5-0, 1.54 ERA), the Elias Sports Bureau notes.

Stats & Info

Tuesday's longest home runs

Justin Ruggiano isn't known for hitting long home runs, but he did just that against the Cardinals. Meanwhile, notable sluggers like Chris and Khris Davis also went deep on Tuesday.

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Batting Average.2629th
On Base Percentage.32216th
Slugging Percentage.4523rd
Earned Run Average4.3721st
Quality Starts5221st

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