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O'Day wants to stay with Orioles, is feeling mutual?


O'Day wants to stay with Orioles, is feeling mutual?

BALTIMORE – Somewhat lost in the chatter about Chris Davis and Matt Wieters’ impending free agency is the matter of Darren O’Day.

O’Day, who has had phenomenal stats in four years with the Orioles (23-8, 1.92 ERA and a 4.55 strikeout/walk ratio), will also be a free agent, and he’s likely to be highly sought after.

He will be 33 on Oct. 22 and a first-time free agent after eight seasons in the majors. This year is arguably his best, 6-2 with a 1.54 ERA. O’Day has struck out nearly six times as many as he’s walked (81 strikeouts, 14 walks).

“You know, I’ve already been in the game for so much longer than I ever thought I would be, just to be able to play this game this long. It is exciting. I never thought I’d get to my seventh or eighth, in that aspect it is exciting,” O’Day said.

This week, Davis and Wieters have expressed their feelings for Baltimore, how they’ve been taking time to appreciate the surroundings.

“The only think I’m conscious of is that the season is coming to an end and that we didn’t achieve our goal of making the playoffs and that in a few days I’m going to be saying goodbye to these guys, at least for a few months, go back to choosing my own friends whether I want to or not. It’s the time of the year if you’re not going to the playoffs it’s always sad. You’ve been around these guys for so long every day, so now it’s back to the couch, back to the family, hanging out with them,” O’Day said.

“It’s been a great clubhouse. I think teams take on the personality of their manager, their leaders, and we’ve had a good group of peer leadership for a few years. Obviously, it makes it a lot easier when you’re winning games and we won a lot of games so yeah we had a great group. When I got here we were kind of in that stage of [having] a lot of young players, a lot of young talent that needed a few veteran players in there to reinforce that losing is unacceptable and [know] the little things you need to do to win. So we went through those four years of coming of age. Now it seems like these guys are getting older, guys are getting eligible for free agency and guys are going to make some tough choices this off-season.”

The Orioles have indicated interest in retaining O’Day, and the feeling is mutual.

“They’ve expressed interest. I know they like me as a pitcher and as a person, so yeah, I’d love to come back if they’d like to have me back, so we’re going to continue talking about that. I’ve had a good run of things the past four years and I don’t see any reason why we shouldn’t keep talking about it,” O’Day said.

O’Day says the contact hasn’t been substantial, yet.

“Just feelers to see where my interest is and to see if I’m interested in coming back and yes, I am, so that’s where we’re at really,” O’Day said.

Recently, O’Day showed that he could close, too, picking up four saves, including three consecutive games when Zach Britton was unavailable. That may make him more attractive on the market.

“It’s not sometime I lay awake at night about doing. I don’t feel like I need to be a closer to be validated. But if somebody wants me to do that, then I’d be glad to do it. I enjoy what I do, seventh, eighth inning. Sometimes those situations in the seventh and eighth are harder situations to get out of than the ninth. I appreciate what closers do. I’m not saying their jobs are easy. … If they want me to close, want me to set up. I’ll do whatever they want me to do,” O’Day said.

[RELATED: Chris Davis voted Most Valuable Oriole for second time]

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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."