Last season, the Orioles used the shift against left-handed hitters with great success. They employed it more than any team but Tampa Bay last season, and will probably do so again this year. They may also use it against right-handed hitters some as well.

Manager Buck Showalter used his third baseman, Manny Machado in short right field, keeping shortstop J.J. Hardy on the left side of the infield. Brian Roberts played his usual second base.

Showalter said he was using Machado there because of his arm strength and his 20-year-old legs.

“He was actually a step too deep,” Showalter said on one play. “If he’s a step closer he catches it in the air. I don’t want him throwing people out from right-center field.”