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Orioles trade Andino to Mariners for Trayvon Robinson


Orioles trade Andino to Mariners for Trayvon Robinson

Orioles fans will always have a warm place in their heart for Robert Andino. He’ll be remembered as the guy who delivered the game-winning hit against the Boston Red Sox on the final day of the 2011 season.

After a disappointing offensive season, the Orioles traded Andino to the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday for outfielder Trayvon Robinson.

Andino batted .211 in 127 games. With Brian Roberts again missing most of the season, he was the regular second baseman, but after  missing two weeks in July with a right shoulder injury, his offense never perked up.

Earlier this month, the Orioles picked up Alexi Casilla on waivers from the Minnesota Twins. Casilla, Roberts, Ryan Flaherty and Omar Quintanilla give the Orioles adequate depth at second base, Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said.

“When we picked up Casilla, it gave us a surplus of infielders and that enabled us to address our need for additional outfield help,” Duquette said.

The 28-year-old Andino made $1.3 million while striking out 100 times and is eligible for arbitration. He did not immediately return a phone call for comment.

The 25-year-old Robinson batted .221 in 46 games with Seattle.  He had three home runs and 12 RBIs. He also stole six bases in nine attempts.

“He has good speed. He has good defensive skills, he’s got some pop. So far, the bat hasn’t translated to the big leagues,” Duquette said.

The Orioles were looking for help in the outfield. They’re still negotiating with Nate McLouth, and Robinson could compete with Steve Pearce and Lew Ford for a roster spot.
Besides the hit that helped change the fortunes of both the Red Sox and Orioles, Andino will be remembered for his humorous movie reviews that were shown on the scoreboard and for his willingness to play whenever and wherever the team wanted.

“Robert did a nice job for us. He helped us turn around the ballclub,” Duquette said. “Now, we have some more depth in the outfield.”

The Orioles filled out their 40-man roster for now by purchasing the contracts of infielder Jonathan Schoop and left-handed reliever Mike Belfiore from Double-A Bowie. Schoop and Belfiore both played in the Arizona Fall League.

Schoop batted .245 in 124 games for Bowie, and Belfiore was 5-1 with a 2.85 ERA after being acquired from Arizona for Josh Bell.

Drake, who was 1-1 with a 1.50 ERA in three games for Bowie, missed most of the season after right shoulder surgery.

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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."