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Orioles beat pesky Royals


Orioles beat pesky Royals

The Orioles finally disposed of the pesky Kansas City Royals on Sunday. The Royals entered the day tied for the worst record in the American League, but the Orioles had split eight games with Kansas City. Thanks to a two-run home run by Manny Machado and spotless relief pitching, the Orioles scored a 5-3 win over the Royals before 20,935 at Oriole Park.In the bottom of the second, Mark Reynolds led off with a walk. Machado drove the ball to right-center. Second base umpire Bill Welke signaled that it was a ground rule double. Machado stood at second as the umpires trotted off the field to check the replay. Moments later, they returned and Machado had his third home run in four games.The Royals tied the score at 2 in the fourth. Mike Moustakas led off with his 18th home run of the season, Kansas Citys eighth in the four-game series. Brayan Penas bases-loaded fly ball to left barely scored Billy Butler with the second run.Against Tommy Hunter in the fifth, Alex Gordon and Alcides Escobar led off with singles. Gordon scored when Moustakas hit into a double play and the Royals (49-65) led 3-2.Nick Markakis hit a two-out home run in the bottom of the fifth off Bruce Chen (8-10) to tie the score at 3.Markakis 13th home run took Hunter off the hook. Luis Ayala (4-3) pitched a scoreless sixth for the win. Troy Patton worked the seventh and was helped by a spectacular catch by Nate McLouth to end the inning.McLouth was starting in center because manager Buck Showalter had Adam Jones at designated hitter for the first time in his career. McLouth dove to rob Escobar of an extra-base hit.Pedro Strop had a runner on and two out in the eighth when Jeff Francoeur tapped a ball to the first base side of the mound. Strop fumbled it at first, picked it up with his back to first, then flipped it behind his back to Mark Reynolds, who caught it backhanded for the third out.The Orioles (62-53) added their fifth run in the bottom of the eighth when McLouth walked and Jones singled. Lew Ford bunted runners to second and third. McLouth scored on Penas passed ball.Jim Johnson pitched a scoreless ninth for his 34th save. Ayala, Patton, Strop and Johnson pitched four hitless innings.NOTES:-Kevin Gausman pitched three scoreless innings for Aberdeen in his second pro start. The Orioles first-round draft choice allowed one hit against Connecticut.-The Orioles are off on Monday. They begin a three-game series with Boston on Tuesday. Wei-Yin Chen (10-7, 3.79) faces Josh Beckett (5-9, 4.97).

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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."