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Joey Gallo has been hitting some tape measure home runs lately


Rangers third baseman Joey Gallo hit his 30th home run of the season on Sunday afternoon against the Twins, a two-run home run off of Jose Berrios that contributed to a five-run first inning. Gallo now has five home runs in August and it’s the sixth day of the month.

Sunday’s blast went really, really far. Twins right fielder Max Kepler didn’t even move.

Most of Gallo’s blasts this month have gone a particularly far distance. Take this one from last Tuesday that cleared the batter’s eye in center field:

Or this one that went to the Budweiser Bullpen to the side of the batter’s eye in center field:

Or this one that went into the upper deck in center field at Target Field:

Gallo, 23, entered Sunday’s action with a .206/.317/.542 triple-slash line along with 55 RBI, 58 runs scored, 45 walks, and six stolen bases in 356 plate appearances. That’s pretty good.

Orioles “have begun fielding calls of interest” on Manny Machado

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports Thursday that the Orioles “are said to have begun fielding calls of interest” on superstar Manny Machado and “are close to the point of seriously weighing whether to trade him.”

You’d think it would be a no-brainer for the last-place O’s to flip Machado — an impending free agent — for prospects, but Heyman notes there is “still a question whether or not longtime Orioles owner Peter Angelos” will give the go-ahead. One person familiar with the situation put it a “50-50” likelihood. Another suggested that it would take a massive return, which, sure.

Machado entered play Thursday with a sensational .328/.405/.635 batting line, 15 home runs, and an MLB-leading 43 RBI in 49 games. It’d be a real shock if he’s still wearing an O’s uniform by the end of July.

Heyman reported previously that at least nine teams made aggressive plays for Machado this winter, including the Cubs, Phillies, Dodgers, Indians, Diamondbacks, Yankees, Red Sox, White Sox, and Cardinals. A whole lot of those teams still make sense here in late May — maybe all of them except the White Sox.