|Young Manny Machado: spoken for. (Getty Images)|
Item! (that was for you, Jackie Harvey): Orioles infielder/phenom Manny Machado tells Peter Schmuck of the Baltimore Sun that, yes, he is indeed engaged to be married to the sister of Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso. A wedding date has not yet been set.
Machado is still just 20 years of age. As for big brother's approval, it seems that they have it. Schmuck, after noting that Machado and Alonso are close friends, writes:
Machado said Yonder is almost as excited about the engagement as the happy couple.
"We're already like brothers,'" he said.
Yes, it so happens that the Orioles and Padres will meet in interleague play this season -- twice, in fact: in Baltimore on May 14-15 and in San Diego on Aug. 6-7.
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