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What's the price for left-handed hitters?

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What's the price for left-handed hitters?

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—The Orioles are looking for left-handed hitters. That’s no secret.

According to Ken Rosenthal of Foxsports.com, the Orioles have inquired about Milwaukee’s Adam Lind and Texas’ Mitch Moreland.

The Orioles have had interest in Lind before, and they should. He’s a 32-year-old left-handed hitting first baseman. Lind has $8 million left on the final year of his contract.

He hit 20 home runs, drove in 87 and batted .277 for the Brewers in 2015, and he draws walks. His on-base percentage is .360, and he plays first base.

But, Milwaukee has talked with perhaps a dozen clubs about Lind, and it doesn’t look as if the Orioles have much to trade for him. The last traded with the Brewers in July when they traded Zach Davies for Gerardo Parra.

Parra is a free agent seeking a longer contract than the Orioles are willing to give him, and Davies has a decent shot to start next season with Milwaukee.

The Orioles don’t seem to have much they’re willing to trade. Teams keep asking about Kevin Gausman, but the Orioles aren’t willing to move him just when it seems his career may take off.

Moreland, who is also a year away from free agency, at 30, is two years younger than Lind. He’s hit 23 home runs in two of the last three years, and last year drove in 85 runs. He’s a high strikeout, low walk guy (112 to 32 last year), and a match with the Orioles would seem problematical.

Both Lind and Moreland can play first base if Chris Davis leaves, and the Orioles are scheduled to meet with Davis’ agent Scott Boras, who also represents Pedro Alvarez, who Pittsburgh non-tendered last week.

Texas is reportedly trying to peddle Prince Fielder, who is owed $90 million on the final five years of his contract. Fielder, who had a nice bounceback season in 2015, was signed to a nine-year, $210 million deal by Detroit before the 2012 season.

Boras is Fielder’s agent, too, and the Tigers were so eager to rid themselves from the contract that they’re paying $6 million of the $24 million the slugger is set to make this season.

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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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