Orioles will move Machado to shortstop

Manny Machado will start at shortstop for the Baltimore Orioles this season – if he isn’t traded.

Machado becomes a free agent after this year and is sure to demand a huge contract. The Orioles have entertained trade offers for the 25-year-old, who’s been an All-Star in half of his six seasons with Baltimore.

But Dan Duquette, vice president of baseball operations for the Orioles, said Saturday that he expects Machado to be part of the team in 2018.

A two-time Gold Glove winner at third base, Machado will move to shortstop in 2018, Manager Buck Showalter said at FanFest, an annual offseason event designed to promote interest in the club.

PIRATES: Left-handed pitcher Nik Turley has been suspended for 80 games without pay after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.


PGA TOUR: Alex Noren of Sweden two-putted for birdie on the final hole for a 3-under 69 that gave him a one-shot lead going into the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego.

He leads by one shot over Ryan Palmer, who struggled after building a two-shot lead with a 45-foot eagle putt on the par-5 15th. Jon Rahm, the defending champion who needs to win to reach No. 1 in the world, took double bogey on the last hole for a 75 and fell four shots behind.

Noren was at 11-under 205.

Tiger Woods only hit three fairways and still managed a 70. Woods was 3-under and eight shots behind.

EUROPEAN TOUR: Rory McIlroy was within sight of a first title in 17 months after the third round of the Dubai Desert Classic where he lay only one shot behind surprise leader Li Haotong in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The four-time major champion finished with a 4-under 68 and 19 under overall that put him one behind Li.

Li, in the leader group with McIlroy, shot a bogey-free 64 at Emirates Golf Club.

LPGA: Brooke Henderson birdied the par-5 18th hole and had a one-stroke lead over top-ranked Shanshan Feng in the suspended second round of the wind-swept Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic in Paradise Island, Bahamas.

Henderson shot an even-par 73 to get to 5 under overall after two rounds and three days at the Ocean Club Golf Course in the event cut to 54 holes after wind wiped out play most of Friday.


MEN’S WORLD CUP: Beat Feuz won the last men’s World Cup downhill race before the Olympics to underline his status as a gold-medal favorite, in Garmisch-Partkenkirchen.

The world champion, second in Kitzbuehel, Austria last week, completed the 3.3-kilometer (2-mile) Kandahar course in 1 minute, 55.39 seconds, beating both Austria’s Vincent Kriechmayr and Italy’s Dominik Paris by 0.18 seconds.

WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: Tessa Worley of France had perfect timing to win her first World Cup race of the season, in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, in the final giant slalom before the PyeongChang Olympics.

World champion Worley survived a tricky passage through the steep first three gates of her second run to hold off Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany by 0.07 seconds.

Mikaela Shiffrin, the World Cup overall leader, placed seventh.


PEGASUS WORLD CUP: Gun Runner went out a winner, prevailing in the $16 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational in Hallandale Beach, Florida in the final race of his career.

– News service report