ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. All the Orioles had to do was win. If they could beat the Tampa Bay Rays, the Orioles would get to host a Wild Card Game on Friday.Now, they have to travel to Arlington, Texas and face an angry group of Texas Rangers.On Wednesday night, the Orioles lost to the Rays 4-1 before 17,909 at Tropicana Field, sending them to Texas in quite a slump.The Orioles (93-69) finished the regular season with just five hits in their last two games. Five Rangers pitchers combined on a three-hitter, a night after James Shields struck out 15, gave up two hits and lost.Entering the game, the Orioles hoped to tie the New York Yankees for the AL East title and force a Thursday night tiebreaker in Baltimore. The Yankees took an early lead against the Boston Red Sox, and once the Orioles had lost, New York secured the AL East crown. Texas was swept by Oakland and shockingly lost the AL West title and has to host the Orioles. Baltimore lost five of seven to Texas this season, being outscored 56-24. The Rangers are likely to send Yu Darvish, who didnt face the Orioles this season. Buck Showalter hasnt named his starter, but Joe Saunders would be starting on four days rest Friday. Saunders has a horrid 0-6 record with a 9.38 ERA at Rangers Ballpark.For the third straight night, Baltimore did almost nothing againstTampa Bay( 90-72) starter Jeremy Hellickson.Hellickson (10-11) allowed just one hit in 5 13 innings, and that came after Chris Davis fanned on a third strike, but reached on a wild pitch.In this series, Rays starters allowed just five hits in 21 13 innings.Chris Tillman (9-3) lost his first game since Aug. 11. He was pulled after he allowed three home runs in five innings.Evan Longoria hit two of them, in the first and fourth innings. Two batters after Longorias home run, Ryan Roberts hit one.Longoria added a third home run in the sixth off Jake Arrieta. Longoria, who missed much of the season with a partially torn left hamstring, has 17 homers this season. It was his second career three-homer game.Tillman walked one and struck out six.Jake McGee retired all three batters he faced. Wade Davis pitched a hitless 1 23 innings. In the ninth, J.J. Hardy doubled against Joel Peralta. He moved to third on defensive indifference and scored on a sacrifice fly by Adam Jones.After Matt Wieters singled, Fernando Rodney earned his 48th save by getting JimThomeon a fly ball to left.NOTES:-Davis saw his home run streak end at six games. In the first inning, he hit a ball to one of the Tropicana Field catwalks and was called out.-The Orioles have allowed two home run games, to Longoria and Texas Adrian Beltre, and a four homer game to the Rangers Josh Hamilton. -Jones became the first Orioles player to appear in all 162 games since Miguel Tejada in 2006. Showalter jokingly said he would prevent Jones from a long consecutive games streak.
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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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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