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Machado exit could start a trend for underachieving Orioles

Buried in the AL East cellar and well on their way to a second straight losing season, the Baltimore Orioles enter the so-called second half with this unavoidable realization: It's time to break up the band.

After reaching the playoffs in three of the previous six years with essentially the same core of players, the Orioles have bottomed out in 2018. They own the second-worst record (28-69) in the major leagues, have endured six losing streaks of at least a half-dozen games and have been shut out nine times.

For the first time in seven years, Baltimore approaches the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline in full selling mode. The exit of shortstop Manny Machado is imminent,...