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Showalter not committing to date on Schoop's return


Showalter not committing to date on Schoop's return

BOSTON – In his first four games of his rehab assignment at Bowie, Jonathan Schoop is 4-for-15 (.267) with a home run and three RBIs.

Schoop’s rehab from a strained right knee is being overseen at Bowie by Brady Anderson, the team’s vice president of baseball operations.

“Brady thinks that he feels better each day and each day is a little better. He felt like the best thing is to just keep running him out there. He’s getting better each day as evidenced by last night,” manager Buck Showalter said.

“He’s running good. Straight away he’s running as good as he ever has. He’s had some real challenging plays. I have some real faith in Brady down there…. He talked about, ‘Hey I might not play him every day,’ but Brady felt like it was in his best interest to play every day.”

Schoop can be on rehab for 15 more days. The Baysox are home through Friday.

“Jon’s got a lot of confidence in Brady and Brady’s very good with this. He knows what it takes to play here and he knows what Jon looks like when he’s right. He’ll still come up here and have to get his feet wet,” Showalter said. “We’re not going to get in a hurry with him. Obviously, Ryan [Flaherty] is playing pretty well, so we’re not going to push the envelope.”

After Bowie goes on the road, Schoop could go to Norfolk. The Tides start a homestand on Friday that runs through July 3. Or maybe Schoop could be back with the Orioles this weekend.

“Oh if we had a pressing need, it could be earlier than that, but it could be later than that, too. Hell, for that matter, you could option him out. I know Brady feels like every game he plays there, the better he’s going to be when he gets back here,” Showalter said.

NOTES: Hunter Harvey, who’s currently shut down with elbow tightness, has a follow up visit with orthopedist Dr. James Andrews on Monday. Dylan Bundy will also see Dr. Andrews soon to follow up on his latest MRI. …Jason Garcia, who’s on the 60-day disabled list with tendinitis in his shoulder, will throw live batting practice on Thursday. …Matt Hobgood, the top pick in the 2009 draft, has a rotator cuff strain.

[MORE ORIOLES: Showalter willing to take some time with Jones]

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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."