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Givens impressed in first outing, goes back to Bowie

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Givens impressed in first outing, goes back to Bowie

BOSTON – The Orioles reinstated Miguel Gonzalez from the 15-day disabled list to start Thursday’s game and optioned right-handed pitcher Mychal Givens to Bowie.

Givens retired all three batters he faced on Wednesday.

“I did want to get him in a game before we left,” manager Buck Showalter said. “I went over the outing and looked at it on film. He’s got a chance to help us.”

Showalter believes that with experience, Givens will be effective against left-handed hitters as well as right-handers.

“Everybody’s wanting to help him to speed up the process. Everybody’s got a pure heart about it,” Showalter said.

“With Mychal, it’s kind of ‘to be continued.’ He brings a lot of things, very athletic. He brings some things that other pitchers can’t.”

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Givens was converted to pitching in 2013, a move he initially resisted, but he’s taken advantage of his experience as an infielder.

“You can tell Mike is athletic. He gets the other part of the game. You see him cover first last night. You see his times to the plate. These are things you have to get used to,” Showalter said.

“You can tell that he’s into the situations of the game even in a short stint.”

Showalter thinks that Givens has an advantage because he’s been a position player as a professional and knows how they think.

“The more aggressive, the better the hitters are, the more it plays into good pitcher’s hands because guys want to hit up here,” Showalter said.

“The biggest think we had to overcome with Mike was him putting shortstop, position player behind him. We had to really let him make that decision. I wouldn’t say he fought us on it, but he really wanted to take it to the nth degree. It’s kind of like a knuckleballer. You have to have enough failure as a conventional pitcher to really embrace the next step. I think Mike has, especially, getting to the big leagues. That helps him embrace [it] too.”

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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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