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Tillman dazzles in Orioles' win over White Sox


Tillman dazzles in Orioles' win over White Sox

The breakthrough continued for Chris Tillman on Tuesday night. Tillman allowed just an infield single in seven innings to the Chicago White Sox as the Orioles continued their hot play.Entering the game just 3 games behind New York for the AL East lead, the Orioles won their fourth in a row, 6-0 before 12,814 at Oriole Park.Tillman (7-2) was taken out after 109 pitches. He made it harder on himself by walking four, but struck out five.After two rough innings, Tillman retired the last nine batters to face him. Brian Matusz pitched a perfect eighth and allowed a leadoff single to Adam Dunn in the ninth as the Orioles recorded their seventh shutout of the season. The Orioles (71-57) are 14 games over .500 for the first time this season and the first time since June 21, 2005.Tillman was well supported. In the second inning, Nick Markakis three-run double off Chris Sale (15-5) gave the Orioles a 3-0 lead. Lew Ford homered in the third, his second in two games after not hitting one in the majors for more than give games.The Orioles led 4-0, but Tillman labored a bit as the game wore on. He retired his first seven batters before allowing a walk to Alexei Ramirez in the third. Tillman walked two more in the fourth, and gave up his first hit, an infield single to Dayan Viciedo leading off the fifth. Ramirez followed with a walk, but Tillman pitched out of danger and sailed home in the sixth and seventh against the White Sox (71-57). Sale, who manager Buck Showalter lauded as possibly the most effective starter currently in the American League, was finished after four innings.He allowed four runs on six hits, walking three and striking out five in his shortest start of the season.Manny Machado, who had his first stolen base in the second, hit a sixth-inning sacrifice fly against Philip Humber to make it 5-0.Adam Jones broke a month-long homerless drought in the seventh, hitting his 25th to right field. He had gone 110 at-bats without a homer, longest in his career. It was his 100th.NOTES:-Nate McLouth had three singles, his first three-hit game since May 4, 2011.-Dylan Bundy pitched 5 13 innings for Bowie against Erie. He allowed two runs on four hits. Bundy walked four and struck out six.-Joe Saunders will make his Orioles debut on Wednesday against Dylan Axelrod (1-2, 5.63).

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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."