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Orioles cut Yankees lead to two with 8-3 win


Orioles cut Yankees lead to two with 8-3 win

NEW YORK After three innings, Chris Tillman was suddenly out of the game. His right elbow had stiffened. All season long, Orioles pitchers have been notably free of injuries to their arms, shoulders and elbows. That may not be the case now.Enter Randy Wolf. Activated on Friday, Wolf was making just his sixth relief appearance in 14 major league seasons. Wolf allowed a run and three hits in 3 13 innings as the Orioles beat the New York Yankees 8-3 before 46,501 at Yankee Stadium on Sunday.The Orioles (74-59) won two of three this weekend and leave New York just two games behind the Yankees (76-57) in the AL East.Tillman, who entered the game with a 10.69 ERA in four career starts at Yankee Stadium, allowed a two-run home run to Chris Dickerson in the second.Dickerson started because Curtis Granderson injured his right hamstring on Saturday. His home run came on his first at-bat of the season. Tillman allowed two runs, two hits, walked two, struck out two and allowed a pair of wild pitches in his three innings.He was replaced by Wolf (1-0), who allowed an RBI single to Nick Swisher in the fifth. Wolf walked one and struck out one.Phil Hughes (13-12) held the Orioles to two singles in the first four singles. Mark Reynolds hit a long home run to left, his 15th of the season, and third of the series to lead off the fifth.In the sixth, Nate McLouth walked, Adam Jones singled and Matt Wieters singled to score McLouth. Reynolds followed with another home run to left for a 5-3 lead. It was his second two-home run game of the series.In the seventh, with Markakis at first, Jones hit a long fly ball that Dickerson leaped for and caught, robbing him of a home run. Jones stood between first and second in disbelief.In the seventh, Wolf gave up a leadoff single to Ichiro Suzuki. After Andruw Jones flied to right, Luis Ayala replaced Wolf and hit Jayson Nix with a pitch. Derek Jeter hit into a double play to end the inning.The Orioles scored three runs against five New York pitchers in the
eighth on a bases-loaded walk to Robert Andino and a two-run single by Markakis.

NOTE: -Markakis is 13-for-26 in six games at Yankee Stadium since being moved to leadoff.-Wieters became the first Oriole to hit in his first 14 games of the season against the Yankees.-The Orioles begin a three-game series in Toronto on Monday afternoon. Joe Saunders (0-1, 10.13) faces J.A. Happ (3-1, 4.58). It will be the Orioles fourth afternoon game in the past five days.

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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."