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Machado's first spring homer is grand slam

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SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles shortstop Manny Machado hit a grand slam, his first home run of the spring, off Cardinals right-hander Jack Flaherty in the third inning of Wednesday's Grapefruit League game.

Machado, who was 3-for-7 with a double in his first three spring games, hit a 1-1 pitch into the left-center-field seats.

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SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles shortstop Manny Machado hit a grand slam, his first home run of the spring, off Cardinals right-hander Jack Flaherty in the third inning of Wednesday's Grapefruit League game.

Machado, who was 3-for-7 with a double in his first three spring games, hit a 1-1 pitch into the left-center-field seats.

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The home run drove in Caleb Joseph, Colby Rasmus and Jonathan Schoop and gave the Orioles a 4-0 lead.

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Machado hit three grand slams last August, when he was named the American League Player of the Month Award winner.

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Machado singled sharply in the fifth and scored on Chris Davis' three-run home run in the Orioles' 10-9 loss to the Cardinals.

"It was one of those Spring Training offensive-friendly days," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.

Showalter is focused more on Machado's defense as he moves from third base to shortstop.

"I think he's real excited about that," Showalter said. "He knows that we're really counting on him to bring a lot to play a really demanding position."

Rich Dubroff is a contributor to MLB.com.

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