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Showalter impressed with Wilson's maturity


Showalter impressed with Wilson's maturity

BALTIMORE –- Tyler Wilson’s first day on the active roster was an active one. Though he didn’t get in Tuesday’s game, Wilson warmed up.

He was summoned from Triple-A Norfolk on Saturday when both Bud Norris and Chris Tillman couldn’t make their starts, but not put on the roster officially until Monday night.

"I was just trying to enjoy it. I was trying to enjoy the experience, and whether you're waiting or here officially, it's still a chance to be around all the guys again and be involved in the clubhouse and kind of learn the little ins and outs that are different here,” Wilson said.

Manager Buck Showalter would like to get Wilson in a game.

“I would like to get him in there. There is some unknown there about what’s going to happen. I was asking Darren [O’Day] after the game, Darren was doing some post-game exercises in the weight room, I ask him ‘How was it with Tyler, how’d he do warming up. He said, ‘He was definitely going a different speed than I was.’ It’s new for him, but he handled it real well in the spring. I’ve been real impressed with the moxie,” Showalter said.

Wilson, a Virginia graduate, was delighted when he found out he would get some time at the major league level.

“It's exhilarating. That's something everybody waits so long to hear, to actually get that legit phone call, and I was very excited and very grateful for the opportunity to be here. And I'm just looking forward to doing whatever I can to help the team,” Wilson said.

Wilson was very impressive during spring training.

“It definitely was great to have that experience to be with the team and pitch against those guys in games and get 14 or 15 innings under my belt with the catchers and throwing all the bullpens and learning how they call games and them getting a chance to see me throw. That's really invaluable,” Wilson said

Wilson said he had about a dozen family and friends at the game on Tuesday, and they’ll be back for Wednesday’s game.

In advance of this weekend’s series in Miami, Wilson took some batting practice.

“That's the first time I've touched a bat in a long time, since high school. They had an emergency situation in A ball and I went up and stood in the back corner of the box like 'Rookie of the Year,' but that was the first time I've actually had a little bit of practice with the bat,” Wilson joked.

Showalter is impressed with the maturity shown by Wilson and Mike Wright.

“You get guys like Tyler and Mike Wright who have made every stop like you’re supposed to do it. They haven’t skipped some level. They just kept doing well enough in the league to get promoted. There is not another league to promote them to other than this one. I like the background on how they got here,” Showalter said.

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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."