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Orioles juggle rotation, Wilson starts Friday

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Orioles juggle rotation, Wilson starts Friday

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Orioles have juggled their rotation for this weekend’s series against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Tyler Wilson will start on Friday night. Wei-Yin Chen, who was scheduled to pitch then, has been moved to Saturday and Kevin Gausman pitches Sunday. Ubaldo Jimenez, who was scheduled to start on Sunday, will pitch on Monday against the Nationals.

For now, it appears that Mike Wright, who allowed six runs in three-plus innings on Wednesday night, will be bypassed, but manager Buck Showalter wouldn't confirm that.

Miguel Gonzalez, who is rehabbing from shoulder tendinitis, could possibly start twice before the end of the season, Showalter said.

“We’re not going to let our guys sit around,” Showalter said.

Gonzalez could start on Sept. 25 in Boston.

Wilson, who was recalled for the sixth time this season, on Tuesday, is 2-1 with a 2.19 ERA with the Orioles this season. He’s started twice and pitched in relief four times.

“It’s important to just focus on the game at hand. There’s a lot of things that go into this game that are out of my control, those decisions that people make. This opportunity that has presented itself tomorrow is just something I have been afforded the opportunity to do,” Wilson said.

Wilson gets a rare opportunity to start for a team that’s on the periphery of the playoff chase. He missed time last month at Norfolk with an oblique injury. He’s not sure how long he can pitch.

“We’ll find out when I go out there and I’ll go until they take the ball out of my hand. And that’ll take care of itself tomorrow,” Wilson said.

On Wednesday night, five relievers were used, but Wilson wasn’t.

“I felt that was because we have a deep bullpen. We have a lot of arms out there and I think that I just took that as those guys were getting their work in because they hadn't pitched in a few days and it was convenient that those guys could get one inning at a time and get out there and get their work in,” Wilson 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

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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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