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Orioles beat Yankees 3-2 to tie series at 1


Orioles beat Yankees 3-2 to tie series at 1

The Orioles no longer fear going to Yankee Stadium.For years, they lost consistently there. This year, they won six of nine in the Bronx, winning two of three in each series. Theyll need to do it again.On Wednesday, the Orioles will have a chance to take a 2-1 lead in their American League Division Series. After Sunday nights disappointing loss, Wei-Yin Chen pitched into the seventh inning, and the bullpen toughened as the Orioles beat the New York Yankees 3-2 before 48,187 at Oriole Park on Monday night.The Orioles must win two of three to advance to the American League Championship Series.The two out of three in the regular season means nothing now that its the postseason, Adam Jones said.We aint coming back home. Theres no Game 5 in Baltimore.Game 3 will be at 7:37 p.m. on Wednesday. Miguel Gonzalez and Hiroki Kuroda are the pitchers. Game 4 is Thursday, and if there is a fifth game, it will be on Friday night.On Saturday, the American League Championship Series begins at the winner of the Detroit-Oakland series. The Tigers lead 2-0.The Orioles and Yankees have split 20 games18 in the regular season and now two in the Division Series.We know its a tough task ahead of us, but you like the mathematics of it after tonight, manager Buck Showalter said.The Orioles win drew a large crowd in the clubhouse, including managing partner Peter Angelos, who walked around, congratulating players. Angelos rarely appears in the clubhouse, and his presence drew a stir.It was the Orioles first home playoff win since Game 1 of the ALCS on Oct. 8, 1997exactly 15 years ago and Showalters first win in the division series since Oct. 4, 1995 after seven straight losses.The tenor around the Orioles clubhouse is serious, but loose.This aint the regular season. This is the playoffs. This is a whole new ballgame, Robert Andino said.You saw the crowd. This is what its about. The ballpark was extraordinarily loud, and Chen in his first taste of playoff baseball, noticed it.I didnt want to think too much, Chen said through his translator.Chen won his first game since Aug. 19, allowing just two runs, one of the unearned, on eight hits in 6 13 innings. Darren ODay got an out, Brian Matusz got four, and Jim Johnson rebounded from his disastrous performance on Sunday to retire the Yankees in order in the ninth.There was no question Showalter would use Johnson again.The players have to know a manager doesnt live in a what-have-you-done-for-me lately world, Showalter said.After a delay of 40 minutes at the start, Derek Jeter led with a single off Chen. Ichiro Suzuki reached on an error by first baseman Mark Reynolds. Alex Rodriguez lined to Andino at second, who doubled up Suzuki. Robinson Canos double to right scored Suzuki.Andy Pettitte, who was starting his 43rd postseason game, a record, retired the first six Orioles. The Orioles took a 2-1 lead in the third. With two outs, Andino and Nate McLouth singled. J.J. Hardy walked to load the bases. Andino and McLouth scored on Chris Davis single to right. Jones, who was 2-for-20, singled. Hardy didnt pick up third base coach DeMarlo Hales signal waving him home, and stayed at third.Matt Wieters popped out to leave the bases loaded.Wieters led off the sixth with a double to right-center, and scored on Reynolds RBI single for a 3-1 lead.We're going to concentrate on Wednesday and we'll take it from there. We'll enjoy this one a little bit and then focus on the next game," Wieters said.In the seventh, Eduardo Nunez hit a sinking fly to right that Chris Davis tried to dive for. When the ball eluded him, Nunez smartly turned the play into a double. Jeters single to left scored Nunez to make it 3-2.Suzuki hit into a force, and Darren ODay replaced Chen and struck out A-Rod. Cano was walked intentionally by Matusz. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch. Nick Swisher, whos now 1-for-20 against Matusz, flied to left to end the inning.In the eighth, Teixeira led off with a single, Martin and Granderson were struck out by Matusz, and Nunez popped to first to end the inning.Pettitte, whose 27 wins against the Orioles in the regular season, is the second-most in history, worked seven-plus innings, allowing two runs on nine hits, walking one and striking out four.The Orioles took a train to New York, looking forward to the three-game opportunity.Weve played good baseball there. Thereve been a few times when weve gone down early and were able to battle back, Davis 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."