Ori­oles’ Machado named AL Player of the Month for April



— Manny Machado’s tor­rid start to the sea­son re­sulted in a lit­tle hard­ware.


The Bal­ti­more Ori­oles All-Star third base­man was awarded the Amer­i­can League Player of the Month award for April. He ended the month hit­ting .344 with 20 runs scored, 10 dou­bles, seven home runs and 16 RBI over 23 games. The two-time Gold Glove award win­ner has also made nu­mer­ous jaw-drop­ping plays in the field.

Machado, 23, fin­ished atop the league in hits (33), ex­tra­base hits (17), to­tal bases (64) and fin­ished sec­ond in on-base-plus-slug­ging per­cent­age (1.061), while help­ing guide Bal­ti­more to the best record in the Amer­i­can League East as of April 30.

This is the first time in his ca­reer that Machado has re­ceived AL Player of the Month.

The recog­ni­tion comes af­ter a mon­ster cam­paign in 2015 in which he reg­is­tered 35 home runs, drove in 86 runs and stole 20 bases to fin­ish as the AL’s only 20/20 player.

Fol­low Jor­dan Schatz on Twit­ter: @Jor­dan_Whig

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