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Orioles excited about adding Gallardo to mix


Orioles excited about adding Gallardo to mix

SARASOTA, Fla. – Not surprisingly, the reaction around the Orioles clubhouse was overwhelmingly favorable to the team’s addition of Yovani Gallardo.

“It’s letting all of us know that the front office is all in too. Everybody is all-in, so it’s good. It’s good to be a player here. That’s why I wanted to stay here, because I felt they were going to do everything they possibly could to make this team as good as possible and that’s what they’re doing,” J.J. Hardy said.

Hardy spent three seasons playing with Gallardo in Milwaukee.

“He’s proven year in and year out he’s going to be able to compete and give you a chance to win games. From watching from the other side, watching him on the mound, I love the guy’s mentality on the mound and how he goes after it,” Matt Wieters said.

“He’s as consistent a starter as there’s been. Not only does it help our staff because he’s a great pitcher, it also makes the staff that much deeper and everybody feed off each other.”

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Chris Tillman will probably remain the No. 1 starter and perhaps Gallardo will be slotted in behind him.

“I don’t know a lot but I know he does the job and does the job well. We’ve got a couple guys who have been around him and
I’ve heard nothing but great things. It’s exciting it really is. I found out from other players who texted me. I think they’re excited, we are all excited,” Tillman said.

Ubaldo Jimenez saw Gallardo work in the National League and likes what the Orioles are doing to add players.

“They want to win, they aren’t waiting around to have a great team to give us an opportunity to be better and go after winning the championship,” Jimenez said.

For Kevin Gausman, he follows the news and knows that the Orioles could make another signing since the team’s been linked with free agent outfielder Dexter Fowler, too.

“It shows the last couple of years they’ve been liking having the fan base back. It’s weird because for now this is kind of all I’ve known, is us being really good, so I’ve been spoiled, I guess,” Gausman said.

“2012, they got a taste of it. I was actually in [Instructional League] watching them play the Yankees, that was really cool. Obviously. 2014. I think they’re just ready to win. They like it. They like having the ballpark full, and we do, too. We’re obviously very excited.”

MORE ORIOLES: Orioles reach agreement with Gallardo on three-year deal

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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."