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Tiny crowd sits through long rain delay for Orioles win

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Tiny crowd sits through long rain delay for Orioles win

BALTIMORE – A little after four o’clock, perhaps 200 fans were left at Oriole Park. They sat through a three hour, 25 minute rain delay, and finally the Orioles were back on the field.

The Orioles, Toronto Blue Jays and Major League Baseball agreed on Wednesday to try and play the originally scheduled 7:05 p.m. start a full seven hours earlier, hoping to escape an ominous forecast.

Light rain fell at the start, then intensified in the bottom of the first.

By the time the game ended, more than six ½ hours after its start, the Orioles had a 6-4 win over the Blue Jays before what was left from an announced crowd of 18,257 on Thursday.

The teams already played a doubleheader on Wednesday and had an unusually early start time.

Manny Machado hit a two-run home run in the first inning off Drew Hutchison (13-5). Steve Pearce’s RBI double made it 3-0, and then the rain came.

“It’s tough. It’s been a long day. We weren’t supposed to play today until 7 o’clock and we almost played at seven. It’s just part of the grind, part of the game. It [stinks] that it happened so late, but it’s just stuff we have to deal with,” Machado said.

“We all kept ourselves going in here and trying to finish strong and win a ballgame. It’s frustrating with the rain coming down and the field not in the perfect condition but these are things you have to just deal with.”

Tyler Wilson, who pitched the first inning, didn’t come out for the second. T.J. McFarland came out to pitch, and Jonathan Schoop, who was hit in the right hand by a pitch, came out of the game with a bruised right hand.

“It was a little numb running around the bases. I was hoping it would feel better, but it didn’t. I really couldn’t squeeze. Then they decided to take me out and go get an X-ray. It came out negative so that’s good news, but it’s still stiff a little bit and swelling up a little bit,” Schoop said.

Paul Janish, who replaced Schoop, had an RBI single to make it 4-0 in the second against Jeff Francis, who replaced Hutchison.

Toronto scored a run in the fourth on Munenori Kawasaki’s infield out, and Nolan Reimold’s RBI single in the fifth made it 5-1.

Machado’s second homer, his 34th, made it 6-1 in the sixth.

McFarland (1-2) allowed one run in four innings.

"That was huge, but that's T.J.," Showalter said. "It's little things you take this time of year. He got his ERA under 5. He's not a guy if you're looking for hits-to-innings and a bunch of strikeouts, but he's a very valuable guy on a club. He's been very instrumental the last three years on our club.”

Mychal Givens struck out the side in the sixth.

Brad Brach allowed three runs in the seventh as Toronto (92-67) closed to within 6-4.

Darren O’Day recorded the final out of the seventh and pitched a scoreless eighth while Zach Britton worked the ninth for his 35th save.

Machado stole two bases. He joins Brady Anderson as the only Orioles with more than 30 homers and 20 stolen bases.

“It's something Manny should be very proud of and we're proud of him. It's hard to do. You can see why so few people have been able to do it,” manager Buck Showalter said.

It was the first time in Machado’s career he hit two homers and stole two bases in a game.

“I was just trying to get it over with. Not too worried about it. Basically go out there and put myself in a good scoring position and get it out of the way. I thought those were two perfect situations to go and do it and really take advantage of the situation,” Machado said.

NOTES: The Orioles signed Australian left-handed pitcher Alexander Wells to a minor league contract. Wells was given a $300,000 bonus and will report to the Instructional League. … Adam Jones is a finalist for the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award given by the Players Association for community service. … Trey Mancini was named the Orioles’ top minor league player. Oliver Drake and Mychal Givens, who are currently with the Orioles, share the minor league pitcher award. Mancini hit .341 with 29 home runs and 86 RBIs for Frederick and Bowie. … Wei-Yin Chen (10-8, 3.35) starts for the Orioles on Friday night against the New York Yankees. New York hasn’t named its pitcher yet. … The Orioles left 12 runners on base and walked eight times, both for the third time, equaling season highs. … Machado had his fourth game with two home runs this year, the sixth of his career.

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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

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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."

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