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Trip over for Orioles, huge challenge awaits

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Trip over for Orioles, huge challenge awaits

The Orioles had a great road trip, winning four of six in New York and Toronto.Though they teased their fans by temporarily tying the Yankees for first place in the AL East, the Orioles loss in Toronto and New Yorks win at Tampa Bay puts Baltimore in second place. The Orioles are a game behind the Yankees and 1 games in front of the Rays.New York comes to Baltimore for four games beginning Thursday and Tampa Bay follows. The Rays play three starting Tuesday.For the moment, the wild card race is forgotten, but Oakland and the Orioles hold the two spots.On Thursday, Jason Hammel (8-6, 3.54) will come off the disabled list
to make his first start in nearly two months against David Phelps (3-4, 3.13).Fridays pitchers are scheduled to be Wei-Yin Chen (12-8, 3.79) and Phil Hughes (13-12, 4.18). On Saturday, Joe Saunders (1-1, 4.63) and CC Sabathia (13-4, 3.42) are listed. Sundays probables are Zach Britton (5-1, 4.15) and Freddy Garcia (7-6, 5.09).On one of the rare times when the Nationals and Orioles are playing at home concurrently, Davey Johnson is looking forward to watching the series in Baltimore.I grew up an Oriroles fan. To see them playing like I think the Orioles should play, thats great, Johnson said before Wednesdays game.Johnson watches the Orioles often.Anytime I get a chance. Theyve got some really good looking players. That Manny Machado, the third baseman looks good, he said.The Nationals manager chuckled when he was asked if he saw any comparison between Earl Weaver, his old manager and current manager Buck ShowalterMaybe when he argues, but hes not down in the runway smoking.
It doesnt seem like hes yelling at some young rookies to swing the bat. Im sure hes probably a better golfer than Weaver, Johnson said.Its fun watching. Ill really be interested, starting tomorrow, see them go head to head with the Yankees. I really want to watch that game, Im going to have to TiVo it.

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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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