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Pineda makes Sunday a strikeout for Orioles


Pineda makes Sunday a strikeout for Orioles

NEW YORK –- In an overpowering performance, Michael Pineda struck out 16 Orioles in seven innings. That’s right. Sixteen.

The Orioles never had a chance and leave New York with five losses in six games.

Their 6-2 loss to the Yankees before 39,059 at Yankee Stadium was painful in nearly every way.

Not only did the Orioles not hit, but Bud Norris didn’t pitch well, and there were some fielding breakdowns.

Pineda struck out two batters in the first, allowed J.J. Hardy’s first home run in the second while striking out the side. Hardy was the only Orioles hitter not to struck out against him.

In the third, Manny Machado and Jimmy Paredes singled, and he struck out two more.

Pineda struck out Chris Davis and Alejandro De Aza in the fourth. In the fifth, he fanned Caleb Joseph, Ryan Flaherty and Machado. Machado threw his bat and pounded his helmet in disgust.

Paredes and Adam Jones struck out to start the sixth, giving Pineda (5-0) 14. After Delmon Young’s double, Davis grounded out.

Joseph and Flaherty, who each struck out three times against Pineda, were victims No. 15 and 16.

According to STATS, It was the most by an Orioles opponent in a nine-inning game.

The 16 strikeouts equaled the second most in Yankees history. Only Ron Guidry (18) in 1978 struck out more.


After Esmil Rogers allowed a run in the Orioles’ eighth, Dellin Betances struck out Young and pinch hitter Travis Snider for the final out. It was the Orioles’ 18th strikeout, a record for a nine-inning game.

While Pineda was wonderful, Norris wasn’t.

The fourth inning was an awful one for Norris (1-4). With one out, Carlos Beltran homered to right field, his first of the season. Chase Headley walked and Stephen Drew singled. Didi Gregorius singled to right, but Young elected not to throw home, and Drew scored.

Jacoby Ellsbury doubled to left. De Aza initially broke back, and by the time he realized his mistake, the ball was over his head. Headley and Drew scored, and the Orioles (13-16) trailed 4-1.

Norris was removed for Brian Matusz. This was the third time in his sixth starts Norris had failed to complete four innings.

Brian McCann’s fourth home run of the year made it 5-1.

New York (20-12) scored its final run in the seventh off Jason Garcia on a double by Gregorius.

NOTES: The Orioles have claimed RHP Jorge Rondon on waivers from Colorado. He will be optioned to Triple-A Norfolk. Rondon has three major league appearances with the Cardinals and Rockies in 2014-15.

-Tom Cheney struck out 21 Orioles in a 16-inning game in 1962 and Sam McDowell 16 in a 10-inning game in 1965,

-Ubaldo Jimenez (2-2, 2.36) faces Marco Estrada (1-1, 2.93) as the Orioles open a three-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday night.

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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."