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Is postseason experience necessary?


Is postseason experience necessary?

Though nine of the 25 players currently on the Orioles roster have postseason experience, few of the key players do.In our case, I hope its overrated, manager Buck Showalter said. Our guys are very diligently doing the things that allows that to happen. Were already somewhat in it.The Orioles began Tuesday one-half game out of the second wild card position.I dont think theres anyone in here that doubts that in some form or fashion, some playoff situation is going to be decided in the last day or two of the season. Were just more in tune with doing the things that makes us a part of that last number of games, Showalter said.J.J. Hardy and Mark Reynolds are the only regulars who have postseason experience. Theyve each played in a divisional series.Tommy Hunter is the only Oriole whos been to the World Series. He went with the 2010 Texas Rangers.Hunter believes postseason experience is overrated.If a team wants to win and they got hot, anybody can win it, Hunter said.You just need a lot of hungry guys with one goalto win. Youve got enough guys here who want to win. Theyve been through their downs. Its time to get to the ups.Pedro Strop said hes known this team has had the potential to contend for months.We knew what we had in spring training, since September of last year. We can battle. We can fight, Strop said.The other Orioles with postseason experience are Luis Ayala, Wilson Betemit, Lew Ford, Kevin Gregg, Nate McLouth and Darren ODay.Strop, Hunter and ODay came from the Rangers organization, likes having playoff veterans around.It is important. When youve got a guy whos in the postseason and has postseason experience, you can learn from those guys, Strop said.Showalter has taken two teams, the 1995 New York Yankees and the 1999 Arizona Diamondbacks to the postseason, would love a third opportunity. He says having playoff experience isnt necessarily an advantage.Every situation is different. Theres not some blueprint, Showalter said.It would be a valuable experience for a lot of our guys that I think are going to be around that atmosphere for a lot in their careers.

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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."