Manny Machado was 16 when he first met Alex Rodriguez and they quickly became close friends and offseason workout buddies. So Machado was watching intently Sunday morning as A-Rod announced he was ending his career.
"I'm sure Manny had some emotions," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said, "and he certainly took them out on the field with him."
Machado became the second player in major league history to homer in the first, second and third innings, driving in a career-high seven runs in a 10-2 rout of James Shields and the Chicago White Sox.
"He's a mentor to me," Machado said of Rodriguez. "I've known him for a long time. To see him...