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BAL@HOU: Tillman goes 6 2/3 for his fifth win

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado has appealed his five-game suspension for his role in Sunday's benches-clearing incident with the A's and is batting second in Tuesday night's game vs. the Red Sox.

Machado appeared on the team-owned MASN Network on Monday to issue an apology to his teammates, organization, coaching staff, fans and A's catcher Derek Norris.

"It was a frustrating weekend," the third baseman said.

The Orioles held a team meeting to discuss the incident before Monday's game.

"Our guys care, and they care about Manny and what he can do to help our team, too," manager Buck Showalter said. "We all at some point start reflecting on the impact our actions have on other people, not only the Baltimore Oriole people, but the fans and everything."

The Orioles were able to put it behind them for a 4-0 victory on Monday over the Red Sox, thanks to eight shutout innings from Bud Norris. The Orioles on Tuesday will send Chris Tillman to the mound, who despite a 5.20 ERA has a 5-2 record.

Tillman will become the latest pitcher charged with the task of slowing down outfielder/infielder Brock Holt, who did not make the Red Sox out of Spring Training but has emerged as one of the team's best hitters.

With another hit Monday, Holt has reached safely in 17 of his first 18 games. Boston needs his bat in the lineup, so the club is playing him in left field, although he is a natural infielder.

"I've always just played short or second coming up through the Minor Leagues," Holt said. "I've been fortunate enough to get the opportunity to play different positions and I'm looking forward to the challenge and I'm having fun doing it.

"It's about going out and playing good baseball and that's what I'm trying to do. Whatever happens with the decisions and all that is not up to me."

Orioles: Showalter raves about Holt
• Baltimore's manager is the latest person to be impressed by Holt.

"Other than playing for another team, you kind of pull for those guys," Showalter said before Monday's game. "I guarantee you somewhere along the way somebody in their system really stood up and said this is a guy that we want to be about -- a good-looking player who plays the game right with a lot of effort."

Holt, who went 1-for-3 Monday, is riding an 11-game on-base streak and has reached safely in 17 of his first 18 games. Entering Monday's series opener, his .350 batting average as a leadoff hitter was the best among players with at least 50 plate appearances in the spot.

Red Sox: Workman gets nod Tuesday
• Right hander Brandon Workman will get the start Tuesday. He allowed three runs over five innings during his last outing against Cleveland, where he received a no-decision.

Workman said he has focused on his fastball command for first-pitch strikes in anticipation of his next start.

"[The Orioles] do have a lot of good hitters, 1-9," he said. "They have a lot of pop on the team. It seems like just about everybody can hit the ball out of the ballpark if they get a pitch to handle.

"Commanding pitches and making them hit my pitch is going to be key for me [Tuesday]."

Worth noting
• The Red Sox will move conservatively with right fielder Shane Victorino, who is on the disabled list for the second time this season with a right hamstring strain.

"Vic continues to gradually increase the ground-base work -- that's running, that's agility work, all the things he's going to have to accomplish before we get him out [on a rehab assignment]," said Red Sox manager John Farrell.

• Orioles catcher Matt Wieters will meet with Dr. James Andrews next Monday because his right elbow strain is not progressing as quickly as he would have hoped.

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