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Orioles split with Yankees after 13-3 defeat


Orioles split with Yankees after 13-3 defeat

After an exhausting, emotional weekend, the Orioles and Yankees end up exactly where they began. New York leads the American League East by a game after they pounded the Orioles 13-3 before 40,346 on a perfect Sunday afternoon. The Orioles and Yankees not only split the four-game series; they each won nine games in the season series. The Orioles were looking for their first season series win over New York since 1997.A day after the Orioles (78-62) won an emotional game, losing Nick Markakis for at least six weeks with a broken left thumb, they suffered their worst loss since July 16 when they lost by 12 to Minnesota.Emotions were high when the game began. The Yankees were still upset about the controversial ending of Saturday nights game when Mark Teixeira bounced into a double play.Television replays showed that Teixeira, who was playing his first game after missing 10 with a strained left calf muscle, clearly safe.Teixeira apparently reinjure the calf muscle on the play and could miss the rest of the season.

The Yankees (79-61) scored a run off Zach Britton in the first on an RBI single by Robinson Cano.Brittons last out was a liner back to him by Nick Swisher that deflected off him and hit his face. He recovered and threw out Swisher, and walked off the mound shaking his head.Everything seemed fine starting the fourth, but Britton (5-2) quickly came unglued. He gave up a long single to Alex Rodriguez to start the inning, then walked Cano, Russell Martin and Steve Pearce. After Pearces walk scored A-Rod, Britton struck out Andruw Jones, then gave up RBI base hits to Jayson Nix and Ichiro Suzuki. Derek Jeter walked with the bases loaded to score Pearce, and the Yankees led 5-0. It was Brittons first loss in his last six starts. His last loss came at Yankee Stadium on Aug. 1. Hes now 1-3 against New York with a 7.71 ERA in six starts.While the Yankees were pecking away at Britton, Freddy Garcia was resting on their bench. When he returned for the fourth, he allowed a two-run double to Wilson Betemit, who was starting for the first time since Aug. 11. Matt Wieters drove in the third run with a single, and the Orioles were with 5-3.Joba Chamberlain (1-0) relieved Garcia and struck out four of the six batters he faced for the win.Jake Arrieta made his first major league relief appearance and pitched three innings. He allowed three runs on Curtis Grandersons 35th home run in the sixth and a two-run single by Granderson in the seventh. By then, it was 8-3.The Yankees scored five more runs in the eighth. Jeter hit a two-run home run off Kevin Gregg for his ninth hit of the weekend. He has 3,279 hits, just four shy of Willie Mays for 10th place on the all-time list. Granderson had a two-run double in the inning, amassing five RBIs after entering the game as a pinch-hitter in the sixth.

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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."