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Machado shocked to be making Orioles debut


Machado shocked to be making Orioles debut

Manny Machado was shocked he was coming to Baltimore. On Wednesday night, the Orioles purchased Machado's contract from Double-A Bowie, and manager Buck Showalter immediately placed him in the lineup, batting ninth and playing third base.Very surprised. It wasnt even crossing my mind that I was getting called up, Machado said. I was just in shock.The Orioles announced the move about 90 minutes after Wednesday nights game, hoping that the attention would draw a larger crowd.About 15 minutes before game time, Machado trotted out of the dugout for his pregame runs to warm applause from the crowd. When his name was announced with the other starters, the applause was louder.When he came to bat with two outs and two onin the second inning, Machado received a long, standing ovation, and grounded out to short to end the inning.Machado was an unofficial invitee to spring training, but stayed with the team for much of the time. He clearly fit in as he mingled with many of the players.Everybody came up to me and congratulated me. It was just a great feeling. Ive been thinking about this for a long time now. And its finally, its here. This is the highest level, but I am still going to go out there and try to play my game, Machado said.Just do me.Machado was batting .266 with 11 home runs and 59 RBIs for Bowie. He played shortstop and had only two games at third base.Im very comfortable out there. Every day I try to be proactive. I try to take a couple of balls at third base after I catch my grounders at short, Machado said.So, Im really looking forward to it.After being drafted third overall in 2010 and the teams top position prospect, the 20-year-old becomes the youngest player to debut for the team since Eugene Kingsale in Sept. 1996.The Orioles are in the middle of the playoff chase, and manager Buck Showalter has clearly grown tired of seeing the erratic Wilson Betemit play third base. The only reason we did it, the biggest reason is because we think he can help us win more games potentially, Showalter said.We felt like he could help us. Weve got 50ish games left and we think hes our best option.Adam Jones was also 20 when Seattle recalled him."The Orioles wouldn't have made this move, Showalter wouldn't have made this move if they didn't feel he could handle it," Jones said."This is the place you want to be. You work hard. Keep working hard every day. Even when you're tired, you have to keep after it. Manny's being rewarded for a lot of his hard work."Machado isnt worried about any of that. Hes been closely watching the Orioles while at Bowie, and knows the team is taking a risk.It means Buck has faith in me and he has trust in me that I can go out there and try to help this team win, Machado said.

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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."