Orioles slugger Manny Machado collected his 13th home run of the season on Saturday, tying the Red Sox’ Mookie Betts for most in the league. The league-leading knock came in the third inning, when Machado pounced on a first-pitch fastball from Rays right-hander Chris Archer and lifted it to center field to take a one-run lead.
The 407-footer was Machado’s fourth home run in three games. He belted a two-run shot off of Ian Kennedy on Thursday and collected another two dingers (including his first grand slam of the year) from Ryne Stanek and Jake Faria on Friday. Not surprisingly, he entered Saturday’s game with an AL-leading .354 average and league-best 35 RBI.
Following Machado’s blast, the Orioles improved on their one-run lead with a solo shot from Jonathan Schoop in the third and a run-scoring wild pitch in the sixth. They currently lead the Rays 6-3 in the bottom of the eighth.
Bryce Harper hadn’t even addressed his new hometown fans before his Phillies jersey started selling like hotcakes. Since then, he’s said all the expected things. Talking about joining the Phillies, he said, “From day one, it felt right … I always talk about family and being a family, being one unit, and I get that from this team. Every guy has your back and vice versa. I’m very excited to go into battle with these guys.”
Harper is continuing to pander hard to Phillies fans. Behold his latest Instagram post:
Has anyone ever really longed to see the Liberty Bell?
Harper also famously recreated that Chase Utley scene from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia with actor Rob McElhenney on Twitter:
In Harper’s next post, he will talk about alternating bottles of You-eng-ling beers with glasses of “wooder.” He’ll add that every so often he will treat himself to a steak sandwich with cheese on it, then go home to watch all of the movies in the Rocky series.