UPDATES & NEWS
Update: Manny Machado said he feels better on Thursday. He hasn't really tested the back yet, but will try to hit and take grounders today.
Machado will get the night off in favor of Ryan Flaherty, which makes for the third straight game in which the Orioles will be without his services. Although the injury was not expected to land him on the disabled list, there is some concern that this minor back tightness may keep him out past this weekend. However this recent update indicates that maybe there is a chance he could be back as early as Saturday if tests go well the next couple of days. ANALYST: Matthew Beck
Kendrys Morales went 2-for-4 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored in the Royals 7-1 win over the Twins on Monday.
Morales is raking to start the season, hitting .358 with 12 runs, two home runs and nine RBI as the Royals everyday DH and cleanup hitter. 2014 was a lost year for Morales as he struggled to find a role with the Mariners and Twins but he showed capable of being a productive player over the two seasons prior where he hits a combined 45 home runs over the two years. Morales was one of the more promising offensive players in the league before a devastating ankle injury nearly ended his career in 2010 but if his hot start is any indication of things to come those who took a chance on Kendrys could be in for a solid season. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba