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Adam Jones gets lengthy applause at Fenway Park following racial taunts

Adam Jones gets lengthy applause at Fenway Park following racial taunts

BOSTON -- Orioles center fielder Adam Jones got an extended applause from Fenway Park fans as he took his first at-bat on Tuesday night, one day after hearing racial slurs from the stands.

Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale stepped off the mound briefly to give fans more time to applaud Jones, who also had a bag of peanuts hurled toward him on Monday night.

The fan behavior prompted apologies from Red Sox president Sam Kennedy, who pledged more security at the ballpark on Tuesday.

Fans cheered again after Jones struck out, then quickly shifted to boos for third baseman Manny Machado.

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Jose Iglesias off to surprising, blazing start as an Oriole

Jose Iglesias off to surprising, blazing start as an Oriole

Jose Iglesias has a bet going on with former teammate and Reds’ first baseman Joey Votto about who will have more hits in the 2020 season. 

As of now, the Orioles’ shortstop is blowing by the six-time All-Star. 

Iglesias is 15-for-33 with seven doubles so far this season, a far better offensive outburst than anyone expected. He’s slashing .455/.457/.667 with an OPS of 1.124. He’s drawn zero walks, but has struck out just four times since 

Manager Brandon Hyde, who managed Iglesias in the 2009 Arizona Fall League, said the transformation has been incredible.

“He’s off to a great start and it’s great to see,” Hyde said after a dominating 11-0 win over the Nationals. “If you would’ve seen him then until now, it makes you feel great. He is so mature and such a smart player, and he knows pitchers and how to take at-bats.”

Against the Nationals on Friday night, Iglesias went 4-for-4 with a double. 

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When the Orioles signed Iglesias in the offseason, they mostly signed him for his glove. He’s known as one of the best defensive shortstops in the game, and as a replacement for Jonathan Villar, the Orioles appeared to have a sturdy glove up the middle at the very least. 

Through nine games as an Oriole, he’s given them so much more. 

“I don’t think anybody expected that, but he did have a nice year offensively for Cincinnati,” Hyde said. “He’s always been a line drive hitter, got some sneaky power. We’re still really early in this, but I like the way he’s swinging the bat right now. I know he’s in a good place. I’ve just got to keep him healthy.”

While Iglesias has never been a hitter with good, or even average power, he’s making better contact than he ever has before. 

His average exit velocity is slightly up, to 85.8 mph, from a previous best (since 2015) of 84.8. In the last five years of Statcast’s existence, he’s been in at least the bottom three percent in the league in exit velocity. But now, his expected batting average (xBA) is .416 — in the top two percent of the league. 

While Iglesias won’t be able to maintain his torrid pace of a .455 batting average all season, the start he’s had is certainly a bright spot on an Orioles team that, through nearly 25 percent of the season, has been a tougher out than most expected.

“The bat, for me, it’s been a process over the last several years,” Iglesias said. “I feel comfortable. I think I can help this team in so many ways and the bat is one of them.”

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Orioles Twitter trolls Nationals with 'went 1-0 today' victory tweet

Orioles Twitter trolls Nationals with 'went 1-0 today' victory tweet

Friday night was an all-around great evening for Orioles fans.

Baltimore blanked the Nationals, 11-0, Friday evening, as the Orioles pitching staff held the Washington lineup to just four hits. 

After Baltimore recorded the 27th and final out, the Orioles' official Twitter account had the perfect tweet to celebrate the victory.

"Went 1-0 today," it read.

In this instance, the Orioles are mocking Washington manager Davey Martinez, who repeated the phrase throughout the Nationals' World Series title run last fall.

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Well, Martinez and co. have the last laugh, as Washington has beautiful World Series rings to look at when they return home, even after a disappointing outing like Friday.

The Nationals account took that angle for their postgame tweet, sending out a post of the final score with a video attached of color commentator F.P. Santangelo saying, "These are the days you grab your World Series ring, you look at it and it makes you smile."

In Baltimore, the Orioles haven't had much to celebrate since the turn of the 21st century, with just three playoff appearances over that span.

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