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Five former Orioles among 32 Hall of Fame candidates


Five former Orioles among 32 Hall of Fame candidates

Five former Orioles are on the 32-man Hall of Fame ballot announced Monday by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

While most attention is on first time candidates Ken Griffey, Jr. and Trevor Hoffman, Mike Piazza, who received 69.7 percent of the vote on last year’s ballot, has an excellent choice of being voted in.

Seventy-five percent is required for election.

Tim Raines, who played four games for the Orioles in 2001, and received 55 percent of the vote last year, returns. Curt Schilling in his fourth year of eligibility and Lee Smith, who is in his 14th year on the ballot return.

Schilling, who pitched parts of three seasons and won just the first of his 216 games with the Orioles, received 39.2 percent of the vote a year ago.

Smith, who along with Alan Trammell, is exempt from the new 10-year limit for consideration, had a league-leading 33 saves for the Orioles in 1994, the only season he pitched for them.

The most attention for Orioles fans, as always, will be on Mike Mussina. Mussina, who won 147 of his 270 games in 10 seasons with the Orioles, is on the ballot for the third year. Last year, Mussina received 24.6 percent of the vote.

Sammy Sosa got just 6.6 percent of the vote in his third year of eligibility. Sosa played for the Orioles in 2005. Candidates must get at least five percent of the vote to remain on the ballot.

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Randy Winn is also on the ballot for the first time. He spent spring training of 2011 with the Orioles, and retired after failing to make the team.

Ballots must be postmarked by Dec. 21. Voting results will be announced Jan. 6.

NOTE: Dylan Bundy was scratched from Monday’s Arizona Fall League start for Peoria with what a club official terms “forearm tightness.” It’s considered “very minor. Day to day,” the official says.

Bundy has pitched two innings for Peoria. In his first outing, he retired the side in order on seven pitches, and last Friday allowed a run on two hits in an inning.

Jason Garcia will start in Bundy’s place.

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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."