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Cuban defector Alvarez gets big league call to join the Orioles

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Cuban defector Alvarez gets big league call to join the Orioles

ARLINGTON, Tex. -- A little over two years after he signed with the Orioles, Cuban defector Dariel Alvarez has reached the major leagues. Alvarez had his contract purchased by the Orioles on Friday, and he’s batting eighth and playing right field.

The 26-year-old Alvarez batted .275 with 16 home runs and 72 RBIs for the Tides.

“Two days ago, they told me I was coming over here. I was so happy I didn't know what to say,” Alvarez said through Einar Diaz, the Orioles assistant hitting coach, who served as his translator.

“It was tough early in the season. I never stopped working, got help from all the coaches over [at Triple-A] and it was a good thing I never gave up. Now I’m here,” Alvarez said.

He credits his success to Norfolk hitting coach Sean Berry

“We started talking about having better discipline at the plate. And swing at good pitches, and that’s what I did. I got better pitches [after that] and my numbers went up,” Alvarez said.  

“It’s a dream come true. I’m so happy, I thank my family and this organization. I’m so happy right now, I can’t believe it.”

Ironically, fellow Cuban Henry Urrutia was optioned to Norfolk to make room for Alvarez. Urrutia hit .265 with a home run and six RBIs in 10 games. The two roomed together with the Tides.

“When they called him to the big leagues I was so happy for him. That motivated me to work hard and come here. We always talk about that. I was really happy for him,” Alvarez said.

Manager Buck Showalter wouldn’t commit to bringing Urrutia back to the Orioles after the rosters expand.

“We’ll see if they if they’re good for us. We’re not just going to call bodies up. They’re going to have to be somebody we thank can contribute,” Showalter said.
Steve Clevenger was activated from the paternity list. His daughter, Peyton Lee was born in Baltimore on Tuesday.

While his wife and daughter were in the hospital, Clevenger went to Oriole Park and take some swings off the hitting machine, and then return to be with them.

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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

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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."

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