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Orioles’ Manny Machado threw a ball to no one at second base against Royals

Kansas City Royals left fielder Alex Gordon headed for home as Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado watched his throwing error during Sunday’s game.
Kansas City Royals left fielder Alex Gordon headed for home as Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado watched his throwing error during Sunday’s game. jsleezer@kcstar.com

One play won’t cost a player a Gold Glove award, but the Orioles’ Manny Machado had one of the biggest brain farts you’ll see.

It happened during Sunday’s game when the Royals had runners on first and second in the bottom of the fifth inning. Shortstop Alcides Escobar bunted and Baltimore’s shortstop ran to cover third base, while the second baseman ran to cover first.

Machado, the Orioles third baseman who has won two Gold Glove awards, fielded Escobar’s bunt and threw a ball right over the bag at second base. It was textbook stuff, except for one tiny detail: No one was covering second and the ball sailed into the outfield.

Royals left fielder Alex Gordon scored on the play and broke a 5-5 tie.

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