Video: Manny Machado swats a grand slam for his second homer

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Orioles shortstop Manny Machado had himself an afternoon on Sunday against the Athletics. He hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning off of Kendall Graveman, cutting into an early 3-0 deficit. The O’s would scratch out five more runs over the next three innings to take a commanding 7-3 lead.

Machado put the game out of reach in the bottom of the eighth. With the bases loaded and no outs, Machado sent a 3-2 92 MPH fastball from J.B. Wendelken over the fence in left-center at Camden Yards for a grand slam, boosting the Orioles’ lead to 11-3.

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Machado is having an outstanding season thus far. He’s batting .350/.403/.691 with nine home runs and 22 RBI while playing exquisite defense at third base and, now, shortstop. He volunteered to move to shortstop following J.J. Hardy‘s foot injury.

Free agent slugger José Abreu signs 3-year deal with Astros

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HOUSTON — Jose Abreu and the World Series champion Astros agreed to a three-year contract, adding another powerful bat to Houston’s lineup.

Abreu, the 2020 AL MVP, spent his first nine major league seasons with the Chicago White Sox. The first baseman became a free agent after batting .304 with 15 home runs, 75 RBIs and an .824 OPS this year.

With the Astros, he replaces Yuli Gurriel at first base in a batting order that also features All-Star sluggers Yordan Alvarez, Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Kyle Tucker.

Gurriel became a free agent after Houston defeated the Philadelphia Phillies this month for its second World Series championship.

The 35-year-old Abreu becomes the biggest free agent to switch teams so far this offseason. Born in Cuba, the three-time All-Star and 2014 AL Rookie of the Year is a .292 career hitter in the majors with 243 homers, 863 RBIs and an .860 OPS.

The Astros announced the signing. Abreu is scheduled to be introduced in a news conference at Minute Maid Park.