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Manny Machado impresses in debut

Manny Machado went 2-for-4 with a triple and a run scored in his impressive major league debut.

Manny Machado’s debut for the Baltimore Orioles can only be labeled a success after going 2-for-4 with a triple and a run scored against the Kansas City Royals and while the team ended their winning streak with an 8-2 defeat, Machado looks like he can help them make a push to the playoffs.

His first career appearance at the plate resulted in a ground out to second base but his second career plate appearance resulted in the first hit of his career and it was not just any kind of a hit, it was a triple to right center. Most players would have had to hold up at second but his 20-year-old legs have a lot of speed in them and showed it as he stretched the shot to the outfield 90 more feet. The next batter brought him in for his score.

A triple in a debut is an amazing start but Machado added had another hit two innings later in the seventh, beating out a slow roller to second. His pop up in the ninth ended the game, though.

Machado received a standing ovation when he stepped up to bat in front of 21,116 fans in Camden Yards

Machado was the first position player on the Orioles to make his debut before his 21st birthday since Eugene Kingsale did it in 1996. That year the Orioles went to the ALCS and they will be hoping that Machado can help them do the same this year.

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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