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Orioles tie Yankees for first place with 10-6 win

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Orioles tie Yankees for first place with 10-6 win

For years, there have been many large crowds at Yankees-Orioles games in Baltimore. A large portion, and in some cases a majority of the fans were pulling for the Yankees.Thursday may have been a harbinger of a major change.Not only did the Orioles tie New York for the AL East lead with a 10-6 win before a passionate throng of 46,298, but they may have finally won the hearts and minds of Baltimore.Thousands of tickets were sold months in advance because the Orioles were honoring Cal Ripken, but many more were sold when the importance of this four-game series became apparent.The stands were packed with something the current Orioles havent seen, thousands wearing orange and cheering relentlessly for them.After the Orioles frittered away a 6-1 lead, Adam Jones rocketed his 28th home run of the year off David Robertson (1-6) to lead off the eighth. Mark Reynolds hit a two-run home run, his second of the game. It was his third two-home run game in six days, all against the Yankees (77-60).New York manager Joe Girardi brought in Boone Logan to face Chris Davis, and he sent his 24th home run to right field to put the Orioles up 10-6.When Matt Wieters hit a three-run home run to left field in the first, the roar was deafening. Wieters 19th home run followed Adam Jones RBI single, and gave the Orioles (77-60) a 4-0 lead off David Phelps.The game also marked the return of Jason Hammel who worked into the sixth inning, but had an awfully scary moment in the fourth.Robinson Cano lined a ball off his right elbow, but Hammel stayed put. He allowed the Yankees first run on an RBI single by Curtis Granderson in the fourth, but finished the inning out.In the fourth, Robert Andino hit his sixth home run of the year off Phelps for a 5-1 lead.After Hammel, who missed nearly two months after right knee surgery walked Alex Rodriguez to start the sixth, Randy Wolf, who rescued Chris Tillman on Sunday, relieved him.Hammel worked five-plus innings, allowed a run on six hits, walked two and struck out six.Reynolds hit a home run in the bottom of the sixth, his 19th of the season, to make it 6-1. It was Reynolds third in the last three games.Wolf didnt allow a hit until Rodriguezs RBI double in the eighth. That set the Yankees up for a five-run inning and a 6-6 tie.Pedro Strop relieved Wolf and allowed an RBI single by Curtis Granderson to make it 6-3. As he did in New York on Saturday, Strop walked two straight batters, Russell Martin and Chris Dickerson.Dickersons bases-loaded walk forced home Eric Chavez and then Strop gave up a two-run single to Ichiro Suzuki to score Granderson and Martin.With the tie, manager Buck Showalter hooked Strop, who didnt retire any of his four hitters for Darren ODay. ODay (7-1) retired Jeter, the only batter he faced on a pop to secondJim Johnson pitched a scoreless ninth to close it out.
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NOTES:-The six home runs were a season high.- Showalter said he expected that Jake Arrieta, wholl be officially recalled on Friday, would be the final addition to the roster. The team will send some players to the Instructional League in Sarasota, Fla. in case theyre needed because of injuries.-Tillmans right elbow was scheduled to be examined on Thursday. He could be cleared to pitch this weekend, but may skip a turn.-Wei Yin Chen (12-9, 3.79) and Phil Hughes (13-12, 4.18) are Fridays pitchers.

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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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