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Orioles take third straight, 11-5 over Yankees


Orioles take third straight, 11-5 over Yankees

NEW YORK It looked as if Chris Tillman wouldnt get out of the first.
The first four New York Yankees reached base, and by the time he staggered out of the inning, the Orioles trailed by five runs.Miraculously, the Orioles turned an unsightly inning from Tillman into a rollicking win.Somehow, Tillman got through five innings and picked up a win as the Orioles beat New York 11-5 before 42,821 at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night.Tillman (4-1) was one of those mentioned in the trade talks that went nowhere, and he buckled down and allowed just two hits in his last four innings.His line wont look very attractive, but he last four innings werent bad.
In five innings, he allowed five runs, four of them earned on eight hits. He struck out three and didnt walk a batter.The Orioles (55-49) had their second seven-run of the season in the second inning. Adam Jones and Matt Wieters led off with singles off Ivan Nova (10-5). With two outs, Mark Reynolds doubled to score Jones and Omar Quintanilla singled to drive home Wieters and Reynolds. Nick Markakis singled, J.J. Hardy walked, and Chris Davis hit a grand-slam home run into the Orioles bullpen. It was Davis 18th of the season, and the Orioles led 7-5.Lew Ford and Wilson Betemit had back-to-back doubles in the third to make it 8-5. It was Fords first major league hit since Sept. 21, 2007.The Orioles increased their lead to 9-5 in the fifth on Jones double and Betemits two-out single. Markakis hit a two-run home run in the eighth, his 10th, putting the Orioles ahead 11-5. It was Markakis second straight three-hit game.The Orioles offensive heroics seemed so unlikely in the Yankees first inning when Derek Jeter led off with a double. He scored on Curtis Grandersons single. Robinson Cano hit a two-run home run, his 23rd to give New York (60-43) a 3-0 lead.Nick Swisher singled. Raul Ibanez hit into a force, and after Eric Chavez singled, Ichiro Suzuki hit a ball back to Tillman that the pitcher bobbled for an error. Ibanez scored, and Chavez followed on Russell Martins single to make it 5-0.After Tillman left, Troy Patton, Matt Lindstrom and Luis Ayala combined to pitch four scoreless innings.NOTES: -Davis grand-slam was the Orioles second of the season. Matt Wieters hit the other on Apr. 16.-Zach Britton (1-0, 5.74) pitches against Phil Hughes (10-8, 4.08) on Wednesday at 1:05 p.m.

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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."