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Orioles deal Hunter for minor league outfielder


Orioles deal Hunter for minor league outfielder

BALTIMORE – Fifteen minutes before the 4 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline, Tommy Hunter joked with a large group of reporters in front of his locker about the possibility of being traded. Fifteen minutes later, Hunter found out he was headed to the Chicago Cubs for minor league outfielder Junior Lake.

“It’s always surprising, but if your name has been in it all day, it’s not as surprising at the last second,” Hunter said. “I’m going to Chicago. See you guys.”

Hunter was 21-20 with a 4.28 ERA with the Orioles. He was acquired along with Chris Davis from Texas in exchange for Koji Uehara on July 30, 2011.

“You definitely build friendships in this game,” Hunter said. With the Orioles, he was part of two playoff teams.

“If you don’t win a World Series, you kind of failed a little bit. That’s how we think as athletes,” Hunter said. “There is some unfinished business. I wish them the best. I threw some jokes out there so it wasn’t too somber.”

He came to the Orioles as a starter, and late in 2012 was converted to a reliever. This year, he was 2-2 with a 3.63 ERA in 39 games.

Lake, a 25 year-old outfielder, is a .241 hitter in parts of the last three seasons with the Cubs. He hit .224 with a home run and five RBIs in 21 games for Chicago this year. He will be optioned to Triple-A Norfolk.

Hunter will be a free agent after the season, and didn’t rule out a return.

“If they want me back…there’s not going to be any shut doors,” Hunter said. “I’m not going to stomp out of here like I didn’t like it because I loved it here.”

Hunter will report to the Cubs in Milwaukee on Saturday. The Orioles are two games out of the second wild card spot, and Chicago is battling with San Francisco for the second NL wild card spot.

“They’ve got some a chance to do some special things over here. You wish them the best and hopefully they’ll remember you when playoff shares start coming around,” Hunter 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."