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Around the American League East


Around the American League East

If only they still had baseball in the Olympics. With all of the rain delays in London, the gold medal might not be decided until after Michael Phelps has made another series of Subway commercials. Meanwhile, in the American League East

Red Sox: Got any of those T-shirts from Napoleon Dynamite, the ones that say, Pedro for president? Start selling them in Boston. New cult hero Pedro Ciriaco delivered again for the Red Sox, getting an RBI single in the 10th for the winning run in a 3-2 victory over the Yankees on Sunday. Ciriaco was called up from the minors a bit less than a month ago, but he has driven in go-ahead runs three times against the Yankees and is batting 11-for-22 overall against them. "Somehow in that situation, I feel confidence," Ciriaco said. On Sunday, the key hit was a little fly ball over a drawn-in infield. "We'll take bloops. We need them," manager Bobby Valentine said.

Yankees: In the Yankees view, David Robertson did what he was supposed to but got beaten by bad luck. His catcher had no issue with how the reliever pitched Pedro Ciriaco while giving up a bloop single for the deciding run on Sunday. It was a fastball in, and we tried to jam him, Russell Martin said. We did just that, and he got a break. Robertson said he wasnt affected by a long delay in the 10th while Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine argued about a possible hit-by-pitch and ended up getting tossed. Its part of the game. There is not a whole lot you can do but remain focused, Robertson said.

Blue Jays: Its a short story about the long ball for Brett Cecil. The last eight runs hes given up, over three starts, have all scored via home runs. On Sunday, it was a three-run homer by Jhonny Peralta that cost him in the Blue Jays 4-1 loss to the Tigers. "I'm not going to change anything," said Cecil, who threw 6 23 innings and gave up four hits and struck out seven. "Just keep doing what I'm doing. Wins will come. More importantly, I just need to keep my team in the game. That's all I can do." Manager John Farrell said: "The old adage is solo home runs aren't going to beat you, it's what happens prior. The walk contributed, but I thought he threw a number of good pitches that were borderline and he didn't get the call on a few occasions. But still, three runs over six-plus innings, I thought he did a good job here today."

Rays: Its a cliche of a broadcasting miscue hearing a play-by-play guy say: Jones is throwing up in the bullpen. Not that anybody needed play-by-play on it, but Jeremy Hellickson was actually dealing with that problem on Sunday. However, he battled through his stomach issues to toss six shutout innings in the Rays 2-0 victory over the Angels. Tampa Bay beat Zack Greinke in his debut for the Angels. I felt good enough to go out there, Hellickson said. I felt I had to give us five or six to save the bullpen. My arm felt good, and that's all I really needed. Throwing strikes was the main thing. The last two games I've been attacking the hitters better than I have been. Having no walks is huge for me. I was getting ahead of guys, and the defense was making good plays for me."

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Orioles' Adam Jones purchases Cal Ripken Jr.'s former estate, per report

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Orioles' Adam Jones purchases Cal Ripken Jr.'s former estate, per report

Cal Ripken Jr.'s 25-acre, 8,545 square-foot home went up for auction this past Saturday and the highest bidder was......Adam Jones? 

The center fielder is purchasing the Orioles legend's former Reisterstown, Md. estate, according to The Athletic

Placed on the market in 2016 for $12.5 million, Ripken reduced the price to $9.7 million last year but was still unable to find a willing buyer. The estate was eventually put up for auction and sold to Jones for an undisclosed amount. 

The six bedroom home has 10 full bathrooms, a movie theater, a gym that overlooks an indoor basketball court, a pool and a baseball field with batting cages, a locker room and soaking tubs. One of the tubs was taken from Memorial Stadium and used by Johnny Unitas and Art Donovan, but Ripken is keeping that one. 

What makes this purchase even more interesting is that Jones will become a free agent at the end of the 2018 season, but that does not mean he plans on re-signing with the team. The 32-year old, who is in his last year of a six-year $85.5 million contract, is known to dip his toes in real estate investments and his wife, Audie Fugett, is a Baltimore native. 

The deal is scheduled to close on June 11. 


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David Price's complete game shuts down Baltimore's offense


David Price's complete game shuts down Baltimore's offense

BOSTON -- One strike away from a four-hit shutout, David Price happily settled for a complete game and his strongest outing of the season.

Price struck out eight and held Baltimore to five hits, including two in the ninth when the Orioles broke up the shutout before the Boston left-hander finished them off in a 6-2 victory for the Red Sox on Thursday night.

"He was amazing," Boston manager Alex Cora said. "He was outstanding. You saw it. Bad swings, up, down, in and out, changeup, cutter, sinkers ... that was fun to watch."

J.D. Martinez hit a two-run homer in the first, and Xander Bogaerts homered with two on during a four-run fifth, giving Price more than enough cushion against the struggling Orioles.

Price (4-4) struck out eight and didn't walk a batter while winning consecutive starts for the first time this season. He cruised through the first eight innings before Andrew Susac led off the ninth with a double, the first Baltimore player to reach second base in the game.

Manny Machado spoiled the shutout bid with a two-out homer, but Price finished off Baltimore on Jonathan Schoop's pop-up to center as the Red Sox improved to 4-0 against Baltimore by taking the makeup game that was rained out on Patriots' Day.

"They're a free-swinging team," said Price, who threw just 95 pitches. "You can go out there and do that or you can go out there for three innings and give up a bunch of runs."

Danny Valencia had a pair of hits for the punchless Orioles, who have lost three of four and have the second-fewest wins in the American League. Valencia nearly had a double in the fifth, but got thrown out at second by left fielder Andrew Benintendi, one of several strong defensive plays that helped Price go the distance.

Hanley Ramirez also caught a foul pop on the top step of Boston's dugout in the second and Mookie Betts ran down a fly ball that was headed to the wall in right.

"The defensive plays that I had today, it makes everything a lot easier," Price said.

Kevin Gausman (3-3) went 4 2/3 innings for Baltimore, allowing six runs and eight hits while striking out six and walking two. He was pulled after Bogaerts drove a high fastball out to left with two men on during Boston's four-run fifth.

"We just got into some sticky situations where we just had to dig ourselves out of a hole and we just couldn't," Susac said.

The Orioles also weren't happy with the strike zone, which Susac said forced Gausman to throw some pitches the Red Sox pounced upon.

Manager Buck Showalter agreed with his catcher.

"I'm very biased, but I didn't think he got a fair shake tonight," Showalter said. "There were a lot of pitches that could have and should have gone his way."