The story of Tuesday's series opener between San Diego and the Orioles was the return of third baseman Manny Machado to Baltimore, and that's likely going to be the main topic of conversation when the Padres try to finish off a sweep of the brief two-game series Wednesday afternoon.
Machado homered, drove in two runs and helped the Padres to an 8-3 victory in the opener and drew a huge standing ovation in his first at-bat. He also got plenty of other cheers, especially when belting a 455-foot homer in the third inning, the 100th he's hit at Camden Yards.
Machado played for the Orioles from mid-2012 to mid-2018 before the Orioles traded him to the Los Angeles Dodgers as his contract would expire at season's end. He's talked a few times, most recently last weekend in The Athletic, where he said the Orioles did not do much in terms of coming to the table to talk about a deal.