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Why Showalter is excited about new outfield addition

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Why Showalter is excited about new outfield addition

BALTIMORE – Buck Showalter was glad that Gerardo Parra was added. It gives him another possible leadoff hitter. Parra, who was officially added to the roster about an hour before game time, will wear No. 18. He was acquired from Milwaukee for Triple-A pitcher Zach Davies.

“That’s one of those that should work out real well for both clubs. We got a good player back and gave up a good pitching prospect.  I’ve always been a fan of (Parra’s). We played them out there last year and I know the guy won a Gold Glove in left and right and having a big year offensively and plays the game like our fans like to see it played. He fits us and kind of who we have to be to be competitive,” Showalter said.

Showalter thinks he can play both left and right field.
 
“I think he is capable of both. He has won Gold Gloves in both. I’m gonna sit down with him at some point and I want to hear from him,” Showalter said. “I’ve got a pretty good grip but you’re better off to talk to the player. He is capable of hitting a lot of spots in the lineup and has handled himself well against left-handed pitching this year. Smart, looking forward to his addition.”

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While Showalter was happy to see Parra come, he was sad the team traded Tommy Hunter to Chicago.

“Tommy never has a bad day, very infectious personality and he can pitch. He will help the Cubs and I’m glad it’s to a place that’s competitive. It’s not that they wanted him more than us,” Showalter said. “That’s a tough one.”

As he prepared for Friday night’s game, Showalter said he believes the team is a better one with these improvements.
 
“I think so. I hope so. I think so. I’m not getting too deep right now, I’m trying to win tonight’s ballgame in nine innings. That other stuff, we all think about it. There’s a lot of things contingent on signing players. Next year is next year. We are trying to win a World Championship this year. That’s what it is all about. With the situation we are in. It’s as simple as that,” Showalter said.

NOTES: Chris Tillman had his left ankle bandaged, and said he hopes to make Monday’s start. He injured the ankle in the ninth inning of Wednesday night’s game. … Reliever Mychal Givens found out he was recalled from Bowie on Friday morning. He’s in his second stint with the team.

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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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