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Mora, Roenicke honored to be in Orioles' Hall of Fame


Mora, Roenicke honored to be in Orioles' Hall of Fame

BALTIMORE –Melvin Mora had the highest single-season average in Orioles history. He hit .340 in 2004 for a team that lost 88 games, and that’s the best Orioles team he played on.

On Friday night, Mora, who played with the Orioles from 2001-09, was inducted in the team’s Hall of Fame.

“I don’t like to think about the past a lot, but those years helped me make a lot of friends like Cal [Ripken] and [Miguel] Tejada and Javy Lopez. To be able to play with those guys was great, a great time then,” Mora said on Friday morning.

Sadly for Mora, he never played on a team that won.

“To see these Orioles right now, and to not be able to be a part of this I feel jealous to be honest with you. This is what I play for: to win. I play to be in October. And that’s why I played hard from the beginning [every year] to see what we can do,” Mora said. “Now I see a different Oriole and I have to give a lot of credit to the manager, to pull all of this together. They don't have a big, big names but they play baseball the way it’s supposed to be played.”

Mora, whose wife gave birth to quintuplets in 2001, had his children, who are now 14 and getting ready for high school in Harford County, Md. has made this area his home.

“I think one of the big memories is my kids. They were born here in Baltimore. A big memory I have is the whole hospital, the front office, the people in the tunnel they all helped me to make my life easier to play baseball,” Mora said. “That’s the one thing that comes to my mind every time. Because you are talking about a baseball game but without the front office and people helping take care of my family they made my life and my career better and better.”

Gary Roenicke, who played eight seasons from 1978-85, was part of a celebrated pair of outfielders with John Lowenstein.  While not always a platoon, there’s an incorrect perception that Roenicke is eager to refute that they never played together.

Roenicke played for the last Orioles team to win a World Series in 1983.

“It means to me how hard it is to win a World Series. They’ve had some great teams and now they are starting to get back and play really well again and have god players, good manager and GM. The whole works here, kind of like when I played,” Roenicke said.

Roenicke was a right-handed hitter and Lowenstein left-handed. Both were also inducted, but Lowenstein was not in attendance. Nor was longtime scout Fred Uhlman, Sr., who is also a new member of the Hall of Fame.

A longtime scout for the Orioles, Roenicke’s recommendations were instrumental in the trades that brought Adam Jones and Chris Davis to Baltimore. At 61, he’s out of baseball and eager to return.

“I don’t know what’s going there, but I keep trying and hopefully someday, they’ll let me come and work for Baltimore,” Roenicke 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."