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Johnson pitches Orioles to win in ML debut


Johnson pitches Orioles to win in ML debut

Twenty-three years ago, an unknown pitcher who bounced around the minor leagues made his first start in his hometown. Dave Johnson puzzled the Minnesota Twins with a one-run, complete game victory.Fast forward precisely 23 years later. His 24-year-old son, Steve, whod been dismissed as a marginal prospect , did his father one better. He pitched six innings and struck out ninemore than his dad did in any of his 77 major league appearances.Johnson started off strongly by throwing his first 13 pitches for strikes and ended by striking out Seattles Trayvon Robinson on the way in the Orioles 9-2 win over the Mariners before 17,312 at Oriole Park on Wednesday night. With his father nervously roaming the ballpark, Johnson struck out the first two Seattle (51-62) hitters, allowed a two-out single to Jesus Montero, then polished off John Jaso on three pitches.Twelve pitches, 12 strikes.Johnson (1-0) allowed a two-run sixth-inning home run to Kyle Seager among his five hits, He walked two in addition to his nine strikeouts.Before the game, manager Buck Showalter defended using Johnson.Steve never cheated the process. Statistically, hes having as good a year as anybody in Triple-A. He deserves this opportunity, and Im glad hes getting it, Showalter said. He earned this pitching-wise. He was our best option to pitch tonight. Thats why hes here.Johnson was chosen only because Tuesday nights game went 14 innings, and Wednesdays scheduled starter, Tommy Hunter warmed up in the bullpen for a possible 15th inning.Hunter was sent to the bullpen in case Johnson needed early help.He didnt.Johnson had some challenges in the second inning when he loaded the bases with one out, but reacted quickly when Munenori Kawasaki tried to squeeze home a run. His throw home to Matt Wieters was in time to force Seager.The Orioles (60-51) won their fifth straight. Its their fifth five-game run, and theyre nine games over .500 for the first time since June 26.Beginning the game tied for the second AL wild card spot, the Orioles scored two runs off Kevin Millwood (4-10) in the first on a two-out double by Matt Wieters. Wieters tied a career high by driving in five runs with two doubles and an infield out.Millwood, who led the AL in losses with 17 in 2010, the season he played with the Orioles, had a night that brought back unhappy memories. He allowed seven runs and eight hits in four innings.Nick Markakis had a triple and a two-run home run, and Adam Jones had three hits. Mark Reynolds his ninth home runThe Orioles led 7-0 after four, and added two more in the seventh.
NOTES:-Dylan Bundy allowed four runs and seven hits in 5 13 innings for Frederick against Lynchburg. He walked two and struck out seven.-The Orioles open a four-game series with Kansas City on Thursday night. Its likely Wei-Yin Chen (10-6, 3.46) will pitch tomorrow night against Will Smith (2-4, 6.00). The Orioles are giving Mandarin Chinese Chen T-Shirts to the first 10,000 fans 15 and over.

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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."