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Memorable season comes to end for the Orioles


Memorable season comes to end for the Orioles

NEW YORK – Their magnificent season concluded quietly.

The Orioles couldn’t do anything against CC Sabathia, and the star left-hander won his second game against them in the series.

Sabathia held the Orioles to just four hits in a complete game as the New York Yankees won their American League Division Series 3-2 with a 3-1win before 47,081 at Yankee Stadium on Friday.

During the regular season, Sabathia was 0-2 with a 6.38 ERA in three starts against Baltimore. Before this year, he was 16-2.

In Game 1, he went 8 2/3 innings for the win, and in Game 5, he was superb.

The Orioles hoped to win Games 3 and 4 to keep away from the mighty Sabathia. They knew what could happen.

It was a terrific season for the Orioles. They won 93 games and fought the Yankees to an 11-11 draw for the first 22 games between them. In the 23rd, Sabathia was the difference.

It wasn’t until the eighth when he allowed a run on three hits that the Orioles threatened.

New York hosts the Detroit Tigers in the American League Championship Series beginning on Saturday night. The Orioles go home.

Sabathia plowed through the Orioles in order, retiring the first nine batters before Nate McLouth singled to start the fourth. He stole second with two outs in the fourth.

Matt Wieters walked to lead off the fifth, but he was erased on a double play.

Jason Hammel retired 12 straight before Mark Teixeira led off the fifth with a base hit. With first baseman Mark Reynolds not holding him on, Teixeira stole second. He had just two steals in the regular season.

Raul Ibanez singled to score Teixeira. Later that inning, Curtis Granderson singled and stole second, but didn’t score.

For the Yankees, the back story this series has been the decline of Alex Rodriguez and how manager Joe Girardi has been handling it.

On Wednesday, Girardi pinch hit for A-Rod and was rewarded when Ibanez hit two home runs to tie and win the game. A day later, Girardi dropped him to fifth, then pinch hit for him again in the 13th inning.

On Friday, Rodriguez wasn’t in the lineup at all.

In the sixth, McLouth hit a long fly ball to right that was called foul. After manager Buck Showalter argued, the umpires reviewed the call, and affirmed it. Television replays showed that the ball may have ticked the foul pole, but the call stood. On the next pitch, McClouth struck out.

In the bottom of the sixth, Derek Jeter walked with one out and scored on Ichiro Suzuki’s double for New York’s second run. After Hammel struck out Robinson Cano, Teixeira was walked intentionally, and Troy Patton struck out Ibanez to end the inning.

Hammel threw 5 2/3 innings, allowing two runs and four hits. He walked two and struck out six.

Granderson slammed a home run to run with one out in the seventh for a 3-0 lead.

Wieters singled to start the eighth. Manny Machado walked and Mark Reynolds was struck out. Lew Ford singled to score Wieters. Robert Andino reached on an infield hit to load the bases. McLouth struck out and J.J. Hardy grounded to short, ending any Orioles hope.

Adam Jones, who was just 2-for-26 in the postseason, flied out to start the ninth. Chris Davis struck out and Wieters grounded back to Sabathia as many of the Orioles stayed at the railing to watch the Yankees celebrate.



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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."