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Orioles Jones, Wieters and Hardy get Gold Gloves

Orioles Jones, Wieters and Hardy get Gold Gloves

BALTIMORE (AP) Three members of the Baltimore Orioles have won American League Gold Glove Awards for their defensive prowess this season: center fielder Adam Jones, catcher Matt Wieters and shortstop J.J. Hardy.

The trio helped the Orioles reached the playoffs for the first time in 15 years. It's the first Gold Glove for Hardy and the second for Jones and Wieters.

``We're so proud of these guys,'' manager Buck Showalter said. ``When you look at the consistency of these three guys - the number of games they played and the level that they held themselves to every night out there - not only did they make us better, but they made their teammates better.''

The awards were announced Tuesday night. Baltimore was the only team to earn as many as three Gold Gloves and was one of only two clubs, along with the New York Yankees, to have more than one player selected.

Hardy led AL shortstops in games (158), fielding percentage (.992), putouts (244) and assists (529). He made only six errors in 779 chances, and his fielding percentage was the highest by an AL shortstop since Mike Bordick in 2002.

``It means a lot to me. It's definitely an award I always hoped to get and never really expected to get. I'm surprised and honored at the same time,'' Hardy said. ``It's definitely an award I've seen a lot of shortstops get that are really flashy and kind of catch the eye of a lot of people. I don't look at myself that way. I kind of look at myself as just trying to be consistent and steady. I never felt like people noticed.''

Showalter noticed, and mentioned it after almost every game.

``I happen to think J.J.'s substance is his style,'' the manager said. ``I consider him to be very stylish. Maybe flashy isn't the word, but he can do things that other people can't do.''

Wieters also received a Gold Glove last season. This year, he led AL catchers in defensive games (134) and putouts (994). He ranked second in runners caught stealing (32) and was third in caught stealing percentage (38.6 percent).

Jones, who won the award in 2009, led AL center fielders in games (162) and putouts (439) and was third in assists (7).

``To play the number of games that these three guys played, and to maintain that level of defensive skill and contributing every night regardless of what they do with the bat, it's something I made a lot of notes on mentally and physically,'' Showalter said. ``To me it's glaring how good they are at what they do, and how hard it is to do what they do every night.''

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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

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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."

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