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The Orioles just keep finding a way


The Orioles just keep finding a way

The best teams all have one thing in common, regardless of the sport. They all can find ways to win.

It's kind of an intangible. You're not always sure what's going to happen, but something does happen. The Yankees always fit into that category for the last 16 years or so. The Orioles are doing it now.

I don't know what's going to happen in Game 5 tonight. Beating CC Sabathia in Yankee Stadium's going to be a tall task -- no pun intended -- but the Orioles have pulled so many other rabbits from their hat this season that, well, why not?

They just keep figuring out ways to either shock us or win big games. And the funniest part is it's not the same thing each time. They do it differently.

It might be with starting or relief pitching. Joe Saunders delivers two crucial performances when starting in the playoffs. Pedro Strop basically lost his role as the eighth inning set-up guy, and Buck Showalter has to put him in the 11th and 12 in Game 4 and bang, he gets it done.

It might be with hitting. J.J. Hardy's been in a deep slump this series. And he gets the game-winning hit in the 13th inning of Game 4. Manny Machado had just one hit this series, and he starts the winning rally in the 13th.

It might be with defense. The Orioles have bailed out their starters and relievers with great -- and consistent -- defense throughout. Nate McLouth made a brilliant leaping catch that he turned into a double play in Thursday's game. If that ball falls in, the Yankees take the lead and probably win the game.

It might be with managing. Showalter keeps pressing all the right buttons. Strop loses his effectiveness in the eighth? The skipper then makes Darren O'Day and Brian Matusz his seventh/eighth inning team. They've been unhittable.

Who knows what's going to happen tonight? One thing's for certain, no matter what takes place in the Big Apple. This team's been a whole lot of fun to watch. They're amazing.

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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."