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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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Adam Jones gathers three hits in 1500th game, O's still lose

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Adam Jones gathers three hits in 1500th game, O's still lose

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Bob Melvin is stressing the need for the Oakland Athletics to score earlier in games, and they did just that against the Orioles.

Then, the offense had to provide a boost again late when the bullpen faltered.

Jed Lowrie hit a tiebreaking two-out single in the sixth, Khris Davis launched a three-run homer in the first and the A's beat Baltimore 6-4 on Friday night.

After Davis connected in the first for his eighth homer, Matt Olson followed with a solo drive, but the A's bullpen couldn't hold a three-run lead for Daniel Mengden.

"We're scoring a lot of runs and our at-bats are great late in games but it's important we get off to good starts, too, and we did today," Melvin said. "Two pretty good hitters hit home runs. That's kind of what they do."

Lowrie singled against Brad Brach (0-2) into the shift in right, scoring Jonathan Lucroy from third. It was Lowrie's 10th go-ahead RBI this season.

On the previous play, Orioles second baseman Jace Peterson fielded a grounder by Marcus Semien and threw out a sliding Stephen Piscotty at home with the infield in.

Baltimore had tied the game at 4 in the top half of the sixth, getting RBI singles from Chris Davis, Mark Trumbo and Danny Valencia.

But the Orioles lost their fourth straight game -- and Adam Jones voiced his frustration afterward.

"We're grown men, obviously, we're professionals, we know how to handle trials and tribulations, but at the same time the most important part is we're here to win," Jones said. "We're not here to just be part of a country club. We can join any country club in any of the cities that we live in. I just think what we need to do is get back to that mindset of winning."

Lou Trivino (2-0) induced Peterson's inning-ending double play in the sixth for the win. Blake Treinen finished for his fourth save in six chances after Semien's RBI single in the eighth provided insurance.

Lucroy played his 1,000th career game and had three hits for the A's, who had lost four of five. Oakland didn't take batting practice after a late arrival home from Seattle and three straight days of pregame hitting at Safeco Field.

Jones homered for Baltimore in the first to give starter Andrew Cashner his first run of support all season in seven starts.

Mengden -- just 1-10 in 16 career starts pitching at home in the Coliseum -- struck out five over five innings, allowing three hits and one run before Yusmeiro Petit gave it up in his third appearance since his mother's death.

LONGEVITY

Center fielder Jones played in his 1,500th game for the Orioles, becoming the eighth to do so -- joining company that includes Cal Ripken Jr.

QUOTABLE

Orioles manager Buck Showalter in ponder mode on A's great Vida Blue: "Was Vida Blue his real name? Great name. You don't hear names like that anymore. If I was Vida Showalter, who knows what would have happened. I would have been a star."

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles: 2B Jonathan Schoop, on the disabled list since April 14 with a strained right oblique muscle, will continue his rehab assignment this weekend perhaps going from Double-A Bowie to Triple-A Norfolk given potential weather issues and a better chance to play in top conditions. "I want him to be healthy," Showalter said. "The worst thing would be to rush this and he comes back and his first at-bat he goes back to square one. We're ahead of schedule for what normally happens with an oblique muscle." ... LHP closer Zach Britton, recovering from surgery on his right Achilles tendon, threw Friday and was scheduled to do pitcher fielding practice Saturday.

Athletics: RHP Paul Blackburn, on the DL since March 26 with a strained pitching forearm, threw off flat ground and is expected to pitch off a mound sometime this homestand. Melvin said it's too soon to know whether Blackburn will be ready to be activated when eligible May 25. ... LHP Ryan Buchter, dealing with a strained throwing shoulder, is not yet back to playing catch. He's still in the strengthening phase. ... RHP Liam Hendriks (strained right groin) is playing catch but is yet to throw off the mound.

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Orioles snap six-game losing streak, beat Blue Jays 2-1

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Orioles snap six-game losing streak, beat Blue Jays 2-1

TORONTO -- Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman didn't expect his team's struggling offense to produce much against Blue Jays ace Marcus Stroman.

As it turned out, the two runs Baltimore scored off Stroman in the first inning were just enough for Gausman to get the job done.

Adam Jones had two hits and an RBI, Gausman pitched seven strong innings and Baltimore beat Toronto 2-1 on Wednesday night, snapping a six-game losing streak.

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The Orioles have scored two runs or fewer in six of their past seven.

"Stroman was pitching today so I knew runs were going to be at a premium," Gausman said. "Once we got those two runs I just kind of told myself `Hey, those are your runs, that's all you're going to get today.' Unfortunately, that's the way it was but luckily I was able to pound the strike zone, keep mixing my pitches and keep them off balance."

Gausman (11-10) allowed one run and six hits, improving to 3-0 with a 1.51 ERA in six starts against the Blue Jays this season, as the Orioles won for the first time since Sept. 5 against the Yankees.

"That was very big," said outfielder Trey Mancini, who hit an RBI triple in the first. "At this point in the year there's not many games left so you want to win every single one. Today was a good start to try and get that rolling."

The Orioles began the day 4 1/2 games behind Minnesota for the second AL wild card spot.

"We're right there," Gausman said. "We've just got to keep winning games."

Kendrys Morales had three hits for the Blue Jays, whose four-game winning streak was halted.

Darren O'Day pitched the eighth and Zach Britton finished for his 14th save in 16 chances. Britton gave up two runs in the ninth inning Tuesday as the Orioles lost 3-2.

Baltimore's Tim Beckham began the game by reaching on third baseman Josh Donaldson's throwing error. Two outs later, Beckham scored when Jones doubled over the head of left fielder Teoscar Hernandez. Mancini followed with an RBI triple off the wall in center.

Toronto halved the deficit in the third when Hernandez hit a leadoff double and scored on Richard Urena's bloop double to shallow left.

Baltimore loaded the bases with nobody out in the fourth but couldn't score. Stroman struck out Seth Smith and Caleb Joseph grounded into a double play.

Blue Jays trainer George Poulis and manager John Gibbons came to the mound to check on Stroman in the sixth, but the right-hander stayed in the game after throwing one practice pitch. Stroman walked Davis to put runners at first and second with one out but escaped by getting Smith to ground into a double play.

Stroman (11-8) said he was briefly bothered by tightness in his forearm, chalking it up to lingering soreness from his Sept. 2 start at Baltimore when he was hit in the right elbow by a Mark Trumbo line drive and had to leave in the second inning.

"I'm still dealing with that and I threw six days after that," said Stroman, who started against Detroit on Sept. 8. "Still battling, nothing I'm worried about. Got a little tightness on one particular pitch but it felt fine the pitch after."

Stroman allowed two runs and six hits in six innings. He is winless in five starts.