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Orioles will activate Parmelee on Tuesday


Orioles will activate Parmelee on Tuesday

BALTIMORE --- There was an extra Oriole in the clubhouse on Monday. Chris Parmelee, who was signed to a minor league contract in January, had his own cubicle with No. 41.

Parmelee, who batted .312 with six home runs and 32 RBIs in 61 games at Triple-A Norfolk, had an opt-out date of June 15, which was already extended once, and will be added to the Orioles roster on Tuesday.

“He had as good a year as anybody in Triple-A, for our team, and for the other teams, played the outfield well, and first base. He can do a lot of things. He has options to play in the big leagues somewhere else, I would imagine,” manager Buck Showalter said.

The Orioles can have an extra player around for just one day before a move must be made.

“He’s going to take BP, do all his work on the field. He can’t be in the dugout today,” Showalter said.

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“We’ll have to make a move if we activate him tomorrow, obviously.”

Parmelee and his family drove 4 ½ hours from Norfolk on Monday morning. He was told on Sunday he’d be coming up.

He played parts of four seasons for Minnesota with an average of .249. Paremelee, who has played about an equal amount of first base and right field, had watched several of his teammates called up, and he’s excited to join some of them here.

“I was uncertain about that. It had passed my mind and crossed through but I’m here and I’m real excited to get called up. It’s one of those things. I’m not activated yet. That’s what they told me, but we’ll see what happens tomorrow,” Parmelee said.

NOTES: Wesley Wright (left shoulder) will begin his rehab assignment with an inning at Norfolk on Tuesday. … Tides LHP Chris Jones was named International League Pitcher of the Week. …Fans are invited to attend the University of Maryland Medical Center’s fundraiser to benefit “Shannon’s Fund,” on June 26. It’s in honor of Shannon Obaker, who headed community relations for the team before her death in 2007 at 29. The event will take place before that night’s game with Cleveland. Tickets are $50 and to purchase them, fans should visit www.orioles.com/shannonsfund.

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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."