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Manny Machado wins second Gold Glove at third

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Manny Machado wins second Gold Glove at third

Manny Machado won his second Gold Glove award at third base in the last three years. Machado, who also won the award in 2013 as well as the Platinum Glove for the American League’s best fielder, beat out Texas’ Adrian Beltre and Tampa Bay’s Evan Longoria.

“To this day I’m still learning,” Machado said in a Tuesday evening conference call.

A year after his second knee surgery in as many years, Machado says the award gives him special satisfaction.

“It gives me that little token of all the hard work I put into it, and all the hard work I put into the last couple of years,” Machado said. “It just made me push harder. It was a great journey, something that I really enjoyed, the whole process of getting back to where I could compete.”

Machado led AL third basemen in total chances, double plays, range factor per nine innings as well as range factor per game. He was second in assists and putouts and fourth in zone rating.

He singled out third base coach Bobby Dickerson for special praise

“The main part is Bobby D. for pushing me every day and helping me be the best position player, best third baseman I can be,” Machado said. “We get into a lot of fights, but he always wants the best for me.”

He committed 19 errors in 2015, six more than he made in 2013. This year, he became the only player to appear in all 162 games.

“Playing in all 162 gives me the opportunity to win the Gold Glove,” Machado said. Winning the Gold Glove gives me the opportunity to play all 162 games. I’m definitely going to try to do it again next year.”

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Machado is the second third baseman in Orioles history to win multiple Gold Glove awards. Brooks Robinson won 16.

He’s a great admirer of Robinson, and greeted him warmly when he stopped by the Orioles clubhouse before a game in September.

“He’s one of the greatest third basemen of all time,” Machado said. “It’s an honor to be in the conversation with a person like that, very, very respected.”

The Orioles have won Gold Gloves in each of the last five seasons, the second-longest streak in club history. In the previous four, they had multiple winners.

Seventy-one Gold Gloves have been won by 17 different Orioles, the most in the American League. The awards were established in 1957.

NOTE: As expected, no Orioles are among the finalists for Most Valuable Player, Cy Young award, Rookie of the Year and Manager of the Year.

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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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