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Orioles designate Gregg for assignment


Orioles designate Gregg for assignment

The addition of two outfielders meant the end of Kevin Greggs time with the Orioles on Tuesday.To help make up for the absence of Nick Markakis, the Orioles purchased the contracts of outfielders Endy Chavez and L.J. Hoes from Triple-A Norfolk. They needed room on the 40-man roster from them and designated Gregg for assignment. I dont think anybody this time of year is going to think they can replace a Nick Markakis, manager Buck Showalter said.Showalter said that Dan Duquette, the teams executive vice president of baseball operations looked outside the organization, but felt that Chavez and Hoes were better options.Any player added from outside the organization would be ineligible for the postseason.If you want to trade Manny Machado for a guy thats going to be here for three weeks and not eligible for the playoffs, if we were lucky enough to make it, we probably could have done that, Showalter said.Were not going to do it.Gregg lost his job as closer in Aug. 2011 after blowing seven of 29 save opportunities to Jim Johnson and never reclaimed it.The improved depth in the bullpen weakened Greggs standing in the bullpen. He was 3-2 with a 4.74 ERA in 40 games.I know Kevin deserves an opportunity to pitch more consistently, Showalter said.Its been a tough go for Kevin. Hes been very professional about it.The Orioles would like to trade him, and he also could be claimed on waivers as Steve Pearce, Miguel Socolovich and Jason Berken were recently.I dont want to say, we trying to do him a favor, Showalter said. Were trying to see if we can put him in a place where he can get the ball on a consistent basis and present himself as a good option he will be next year for some team.Gregg fell behind Johnson, Strop, Luis Ayala, Darren ODay and for much of the season, Matt Lindstrom. Hes pitched some good innings for us this year. His ERA was under four for most of the year. It has as much to do with his inactivity, Showalter said.Were trying to be fair to be him, plus we need a roster spot. I hope it will work out for him. I think it will. A change of scenery and getting the ball every day or every other day will help him.Hoes, the teams third-round choice in 2008, was home in Mitchellville, Md. when he got a call Tuesday afternoon asking him to drive to Baltimore.He batted .300 with three runs and 38 RBIs in 82 games with Norfolk.Hoes was preparing to play in the Arizona Fall League early next month when he learned of Markakis injury.I was watching the game on TV. I knew it could be a possibility. I didnt want to read too much into it, Hoes said.With him going down, someones going to have to step up.Chavez batted .190 with two home runs and eight RBIs in 47 games with the Orioles and was designated for assignment last month. He batted just .149 in 15 games with Norfolk.I know I didnt play good down there, Chavez said. He was in New York with family on Sunday when he was summoned by the Orioles.I heard that Markakis got hurt, and I was like uh-oh. Then I got a call, Chavez said. Adams, who batted .289 in 21 games with the Orioles in 2011, batted .224 in 65 games for Norfolk this year. He was one of the first cuts in spring training, and with the Orioles stocked with middle infielders, Adams clearly didnt fit into the teams plans.

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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."