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O's reliever feels badly about Orioles playing short


O's reliever feels badly about Orioles playing short

BALTIMORE –- Brian Matusz arrived in the Orioles clubhouse Saturday afternoon. He’s serving the final game of his eight-game suspension for having a foreign substance on his arm. Matusz can’t be on the bench or in the bullpen on Saturday night, but will be activated on Sunday.

Matusz appealed the suspension, and had hoped to get it reduced. Milwaukee’s Will Smith had his eight-game suspension reduced to six games.

He didn’t directly comment on the suspension.

“They said eight games so it’s eight games,” Matusz said. “Will Smith. I’m not going to say what I really want to say, but no. No, Will Smith he lucked out. He got the better end of the deal.”

Manager Buck Showalter said he was never given a reason for the failure to reduce Matusz’s suspension.

During his suspension, Matusz went to Sarasota, Fla. and threw twice in extended spring training games. He should be rested and ready to pitch Sunday.

“You see how he comes out of spring training when he starts out with a changeup and he pitches multiple innings every outing, so I’m confident we’re going to get pretty sharp guy tomorrow. I hope so. He’ll get a chance to pitch,” manager Buck Showalter said. “He’s as ready to pitch as anybody. He’s ready to go.”


In their first seven games without him, the Orioles are 6-1.

“Yeah, we’ve been awesome. It’s a lot better feeling being in Florida and watching the games and seeing that, that we’re winning ballgames and that we’re playing well. The bullpen’s been clutch,” Matusz said.

He admits that he felt awful about having the Orioles playing a man short in his absence.

“Absolutely, it’s a terrible feeling, the bullpen, fortunately, has been doing a great job. Hopefully, I’ll be activated tomorrow and pick up some of the slack. It’s great to see that were turning a corner and winning ballgames. It’s been a frustrating last couple weeks so just the fact that we are winning is a good feeling.”

Matusz will use rosin because it’s been cleared, and Showalter will continue campaigning for balls that can be gripped easier.

“It’s a legal substance. We were told you can’t put it on your arms, but I guess you can, depending on how much you’re sweating,” Showalter said.

“They’ll fix it. I think they’ll fix it this offseason. It’s been a problem for a while.”

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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."