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Steve Pearce volunteers for disabled list with injury


Steve Pearce volunteers for disabled list with injury

NEW YORK---The Orioles needed to make a move so that Kevin Gausman could be added to the active roster, and instead of dropping a player, they put Steve Pearce on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique.

The move is retroactive to July 19.

“Stevie came into my office around 2:30 today and said, 'Listen, I know we've got a pending move coming and I'm kind of at the point where it's really bothering me.' He said he hasn't gotten any better the last day or two,” manager Buck Showalter said.

“Stevie said, 'I don't want two days from now I need to go on the disabled list and we had to make this move.' That's exactly what happened. We were prepared to go in some other ways.”

Pearce is eligible to return on Aug. 3. He’s headed back to Baltimore for an MRI.

“He's never had anything like this before, so that was what he was hoping he could kind of play through it and it might heal, but the last couple of days it was really bothering him,” Showalter said.

Showalter would be surprised if Pearce were out for just the DL period.


“With obliques, I'd sign up for it in blood if it was 12 days. I hope that's the case. We'll see. With the MRIs, you get a real good idea of the severity of the oblique, of the bleeding and whatever hot spot you've got in there,” Showalter said.

Pearce, who has been on the disabled list with wrist injuries before said that he’s realistic about the injury.

“It started bothering me a couple weeks ago. I’m not disappointed. It just needs to get done. It kind of stinks that I’m going on [the DL] but it needs to be taken care of. It’s getting to the point that it feels a little more threatening than I’d like,’ Pearce said.

“It just started to slowly escalate and get a little more pain every day. Now it’s time for me to take care of it.”

The Orioles have encouraged Pearce not to work himself too hard because of his tendency to hurt his wrists.

“I’ve never had an oblique injury before. The wrists are fine. Everything’s all good. I haven’t been working myself to death. It’s baseball. It’s one of those things that unfortunately happens and it’s time to take care of it,” Pearce said.

He’s batting .227 with seven home runs and 24 RBIs and is going to fly to Tampa after his MRI. The Orioles begin a three-game series with the Rays on Friday, and Pearce lives in nearby Lakeland.

Showalter and trainer Richie Bancells appreciate Pearce’s style.

“He came in in Detroit and told Richie, 'You know, maybe I should start treating this a little bit.' He's a guy that, he doesn't complain about anything. He just posts up, so I appreciate his honestly. And I'm sure there's a player on our team who really appreciates it,” 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."