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Orioles pitching talent creates unexpected predicament

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Orioles pitching talent creates unexpected predicament

For weeks, Buck Showalter has been talking about how well Mychal Givens has pitched for Bowie this year. Showalter is acutely knowledgeable about every player in the Orioles organization, but he’s enjoyed hearing about Givens from Baysox pitching coach Alan Mills.

Now, Givens is in the major leagues.

His stay with the Orioles is not likely to be very long, but four weeks ago, conventional wisdom was that Chaz Roe was just stopping by, and now he’s a bullpen mainstay.

The Orioles seemingly have a good problem. Too many good pitchers to carry only 12, and that problem will be compounded this week when Wei-Yin Chen, who threw three innings for Frederick on Saturday night and Miguel Gonzalez, on the disabled list with a strained right groin are due to return.

Gonzalez allowed two runs for Bowie on Saturday night in his rehab start.

For the moment, the Orioles are carrying only 11 pitchers, but that’s because they needed to make room for Chris Parmelee, and after Monday’s off day, they play nine straight games and will probably need a 12th.

Now that Givens is on the 40-man, he can be freely optioned.

When the Orioles needed an extra reliever after Mike Wright got only four outs on Friday night and Tyler Wilson had to pitch 5 1/3 innings, they had some good choices.

They could have recalled Cesar Cabral or Oliver Drake, both of whom had pitched creditably in brief stints, but waited until after Kevin Gausman’s Saturday start to recall Drake on Sunday. Eddie Gamboa and Carlos Rondon are also on the 40-man roster as is Tim Berry, who’s at Bowie, but the Orioles thought that Givens had the best chance to help them.

And, they soon will have to make a decision on left-hander Wesley Wright, who’s been on the disabled list since the season’s first week, but who began a rehab assignment at Norfolk this week.

The Orioles won’t have five extra position players for long, not with this schedule, and they’ll also have to make room for Jonathan Schoop, who’s two days into a rehab assignment.

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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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