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Orioles pitcher ejected for foreign substance on arm


Orioles pitcher ejected for foreign substance on arm

MIAMI---Orioles left-handed pitcher Brian Matusz was ejected in the 12th inning of Saturday night’s game with the Miami Marlins, for using a foreign substance on his arm.

Miami won the game 1-0 in 13 innings.

Matusz entered the game in the 12th and got the first two outs, and at the request of Marlins manager Dan Jennings, was examined by the umpires.

Crew chief Paul Emmel summoned manager Buck Showalter to the mound, and Matusz was removed from the game.

“The protocol is that the manager has to come out and make us aware of something like that and ask us if we want to go check the opposing pitcher and he did,” Emmel told a pool reporter.

“And so I went out there and told the pitcher I was going to touch his right forearm because that's where he was touching before he went to the ball and yes I detected a foreign substance so the pitcher was ejected and we went from there."

After Matusz was ejected, T.J. McFarland replaced him, and surrendered the winning run in the 13th inning.

Jennings, who won his first game as Miami manager after five losses, thought Matusz had an unfair advantage.

“We saw a substance. We saw something shining on his arm. So we watched him a couple of pitches to see how many times he went to it,” Jennings said.

Jennings appealed to Emmel.

“So he checked, and by their opinion, there was something there, a foreign substance, and they made their decision,” Jennings said.

“This was a situation that we saw. The game is tough enough to play. We didn't want to create an unfair advantage to our hitters, so that's why I went out and asked them to check it.”

Matusz declined to comment directly on the ejection. It was the first in his career.

“We’re not going to address the issue right now. Obviously, I have my own personal opinions about the issue, but right now with emotions running high we're going to let this settle and address questions at a later time,” Matusz said.

“The decision was made and that was it."

Earlier this week, Milwaukee’s Will Smith was ejected and suspended eight games for use of a foreign substance.

“I'm not sure what's going to happen from here. We'll let this play out and we'll address it then,” Matusz said.

Showalter wouldn’t comment directly about the ejection.

“You reflect on it. You’re usually emotional after a game like that. You kind of take it in. Make sure you don’t say something you’ll regret. But we all have personal feelings on everything. So I’m gonna make sure I get the whole story,” Showalter said.

Matusz said his focus was on the team’s loss, not his ejection.

“We just lost a ballgame. That's really what matters. Obviously, we come on the field day in and day out to win games. We didn't win tonight, so our focus is to come back tomorrow and win the series.” Matusz 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


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."