Orioles vs. White Sox with no fans

Greetings from a quiet Camden Yards, where the Orioles and White Sox will play a 2 p.m. game without any fans in attendance. Much of today’s pregame talk centered on the riots in the Baltimore area and the Orioles upcoming series that has now been moved to Tampa Bay. But there were also a few injury updates.

Shortstop J.J. Hardy will test his left shoulder today and is planning on going with the team to Tampa Bay to continue his rehab. If he feels OK, he could go out and play in games after that. Hardy had a Cortisone injection in the area on Saturday and said today he was feeling much better.  Catcher Matt Wieters (Tommy John surgery) will play in an extended spring game on Thursday and Ryan Flaherty (groin strain) –who is still with the team– took 75 swings today and should be ready to come off the disabled list when ready.

Manager Buck Showalter said Jonathan Schoop had fluid drained from his right knee to help get the last bit of swelling out and Wesley Wright (trapezius strain) will be able to resume throwing early next week.

Here are your lineups…

WHITE SOX LINEUP

Adam Eaton CF
Melky Cabrera LF
Jose Abreu 1B
Adam LaRoche DH
Avisail Garcia RF
Conor Gillaspie 3B
Alexei Ramirez SS
Geovany Soto C
Micah Johnson 2B

Jeff Samardzija RHP

ORIOLES LINEUP 

Alejandro De Aza LF
Jimmy Paredes DH
Delmon Young RF
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Manny Machado 3B
Everth Cabrera SS
Caleb Joseph C
Rey Navarro 2B

Ubaldo Jimenez RHP

Rays release weekend info

The Orioles would have preferred to swap a series with Tampa Bay and make up this weekend’s set in July in Baltimore, but they couldn’t get the Rays to agree on that. Instead, the three games being played at Tropicana Field –which will be $15 a ticket as general admissions–will be a huge revenue hit to Baltimore.

Moved due to safety concerns over the riots in downtown Baltimore, the O’s will get the ticket and concession money this weekend at Tropicana Field, which isn’t expected to be much. They will also have to pay for staffing and any other expense costs. As the home team, the Orioles will wear white and bat second and the Rays will not have their usual in-game entertainment aimed at the home crowd. It will be weird, to say the lease.

There was some thought to playing at a closer neutral site, like DC, but that never got close. Keep in mind, that MLB steps in during these events and helps coordinate things. You have to wonder if they will find a way to help the Oriole recoup basically a lost week of revenue.

Today’s game, after two postponements, won’t have a crowd although it will be on television, and radio. I will also be there covering the game, so look for updates on Twitter and my Facebook page. (https://www.facebook.com/brittghiroli).

The drive in to the stadium and the press box will have an eerie feel today. For everyone’s sake, and for things much bigger than the game of baseball, I hope this ends soon. Baltimore has been my home since taking the O’s beat in 2010 and it’s a proud, strong city. Seeing people on the news and reading about the efforts to help was a welcome reprieve from the riot coverage. Stay safe, stay strong everyone.

Os announce scheduling changes

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BALTIMORE— Due to the ongoing riots and protests in the city of Baltimore, the Orioles-White Sox game on Wednesday will be moved up to 2:05 p.m. ET and be closed to the public.

Both Monday and Tuesday’s games against the Sox were postponed due to safety concerns in the downtown Baltimore area, as the city is currently in a state of emergency and is using aid from the National Guard to restore peace.

The two games will be made up as part of a single-admission doubleheader at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Thursday, May 28th starting at 4:05 p.m. ET.

This weekend’s scheduled home series against the Rays will move to Tampa Bay, where the O’s will act as the home team at Tropicana Field. The start times will remain the same for the relocated games.

The Office of the Commissioner will continue to monitor the situation and will remain in communication with the Orioles regarding their discussions with the Baltimore City Police Department and other local officials.

Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. said in a press release: “After conversations with the Orioles and local officials, we believe that these decisions are in the best interests of fan safety and the deployment of City resources.

“Our thoughts are with all those who have been affected by violence in Baltimore, and everyone in our game hopes for peace and the safety of a great American city.”

All fans with tickets to games on April 29, May 1, May 2, or May 3 at Oriole Park may exchange their tickets for any remaining home game this season on a “dollar for dollar” basis. Tickets for Monday’s postponed game will be valid for the doubleheader on May 28. Fans unable to attend the doubleheader will have an opportunity to exchange their tickets for any remaining home game this season. Fans with tickets for Tuesday’s postponed game must exchange those tickets to attend the doubleheader on May 28 or exchange them for any remaining home game this season. Exchanges for both games will be completed on a “dollar for dollar” basis.

All tickets are subject to availability, and exchanges must be completed by June 30, 2015. Complimentary tickets are non-exchangeable.

Tuesday’s game called

BALTIMORE—The Orioles, after consulting with Major League Baseball and state and local officials, announced around 11:20 p.m. ET that Tuesday night’s game against the White Sox has been postponed.
It is the second consecutive postponement for Baltimore, which has captivated national news as protests that started over the weekend for the deceased Freddie Gray have grown violent in pockets of the city. Baltimore was declared to be in a state of emergency late Monday night and the National Guard have been summoned to help restore peace.
The Orioles have not announced a makeup date for either Monday or Tuesday’s game yet and fans  are encouraged to keep their tickets and parking passes until more information is made available.
There has been no announcement on the status of Wednesday’s game yet, though the citywide curfew from 10 p.m.- 5 a.m. ET has a direct effect on the Orioles scheduled 7 p.m. ET contest. The team is mulling over options, including playing day games and at a different venue, for the rest of the week. The O’s have an off day on Thursday and are slated to play Friday and Saturday night against Tampa Bay. Sunday is an afternoon game.
Ubaldo Jimenez was slated to start Monday and Tuesday’s postponed games for the Orioles and it wasn’t immediately known if the rotation would be altered for the rest of the homestand.

Citywide curfew will change Os schedule

BALTIMORE—Following the postponement of the Orioles-White Sox game on Monday night for dangerous protests in Baltimore, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced a citywide curfew of 10 p.m.- 5 a.m. for a week starting on Tuesday.

It’s unknown how the curfew, which comes while the city of Baltimore is in a state of emergency, will change the rest of the O’s series against Chicago and their games for later in the week. The Orioles have 7 p.m. ET games scheduled for both Tuesday and Wednesday along with a weekend set wit the Rays. Changing the start times or moving the venue of the games are two options being discussed.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Monday afternoon that he was trying to balance the outside events regarding Freddy Gray with keeping his team focused on the field.

“They had the funeral today, right?,” Showalter said. “I took a different route in today.”

The protests, which caused Camden Yards to close all but two gates on Monday, have been a hot topic of conversation among the players and coaching staff.

“Sure it is,” Showalter said. “But I don’t want to lessen it all so I’m very cautious about even talking about it. There’s so many things that go on that you get challenged with, obviously this is a different level. There’s not a lot of experience with it. So you try to take each moment as it comes and I know there were a lot of calls to some guys’ families about making sure they knew what was going on from a safety standpoint. But guys are watching it. They are all aware of what’s going on.”

The curfew includes all events but a medical emergency and people traveling to work and will continue until May 4 or it’s rescinded by Rawlings-Blake.

The protests, some of which have been peaceful, also have a planned protest for Gray on Saturday afternoon.

Game postponed

BALTIMORE— As dangerous riots for Freddie Gray moved through Baltimore, and closer to Camden Yards, the Orioles postponed Monday night’s game against the White Sox.
The team made the announcement on their JumboTron, after consultation with the Baltimore City Police Department. An announcement regarding the make-up date will be made as soon as possible. Fans are encouraged to keep their tickets and parking passes until more information is made available.

Orioles vs. White Sox Game 1

ORIOLES LINEUP

Alejandro De Aza LF
Jimmy Paredes DH
Delmon Young RF
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Manny Machado 3B
Caleb Joseph C
Rey Navarro 2B
Everth Cabrera SS

Ubaldo Jimenez RHP

WHITE SOX LINEUPS
Adam Eaton CF
Melky Cabrera LF
Jose Abreu 1B
Adam LaRoche DH
Avisail Garcia RF
Conor Gillaspie SS
Gordon Beckham 3B
Tyler Flowers C
Micah Johnson 2B

Hector Noesi RHP

Os to offer vouchers for Saturday’s game

The Orioles are expected to reach out on Monday to fans who bought tickets online to Saturday’s game against the Red Sox and give them a voucher for a future game.

With protests in the area for Freddie Gray, the O’s crowd was significantly smaller than expected as many stayed away from downtown Baltimore. Those who were in attendance were mandated to stay inside Camden Yards by the city’s police department and mayor’s office for part of the game and advised of the safest routes to get home.

Those who bought Saturday tickets at the box office will get more information later the week on how to go about getting a voucher.

Orioles-Red Sox finale

The Orioles and Red Sox will play the rubber match this afternoon with the O’s hosting Little League Day a night removed from Freddie Gray protests that made national news outside of Camden Yards. (More on that here.) Today’s game is going off as schedule, just like last night’s did.

Not a whole lot of pregame news, but manager Buck Showalter did say that J.J. Hardy –who had a Cortisone injection in his left shoulder on Saturday–will likely need 3-4 rehab games when he’s ready to go out. Hunter Harvey is slated to throw his first full bullpen session in Sarasota, Fla. on Wednesday while Wesley Wright is also getting close to starting a throwing program to return.

Here are your lineups…

RED SOX LINEUP

Mookie Betts CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Pablo Sandoval 3B
Hanley Ramirez DH
Mike Napoli 1B
Brock Holt LF
Allen Craig RF
Xander Bogaerts SS
Sandy Leon C

Wade Miley LHP

ORIOLES LINEUP

Everth Cabrera SS
Manny Machado 3B
Adam Jones CF
Delmon Young RF
Chris Davis 1B
Steve Pearce LF
Jimmy Paredes DH
Ryan Lavarnway C
Rey Navarro 2B

Bud Norris RHP

Os vs. Red Sox Game 2

Greetings from Baltimore, where there’s been protestors around the city all day. Camden Yards, however, seems OK.

John Russell took over the pregame duties for Orioles manager Buck Showalter today, who is attending his father-in-law’s memorial service in Nashville, Tenn. He could be back during the game.

J.J. Hardy is feeling better, but still not ready for rehab games. He’s on his way to Baltimore from Triple-A Norfolk, where he’s been taking batting practice, and the team will figure out the next step.

Orioles catcher Matt Wieters continues to progress in Sarasota, Fla. and he will catch 4-5 innings in extended spring on Monday. There’s still no timetable for his return.

RED SOX LINEUP

Mookie Betts CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez LF
Mike Napoli 1B
Pablo Sandoval 3B
Allen Craig RF
Xander Bogaerts SS
Ryan Hanigan C

Justin Masterson RHP

ORIOLES LINEUP
Alejandro De Aza LF
Jimmy Paredes DH
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Travis Snider RF
Manny Machado 3B
Rey Navarro 2B
Caleb Joseph C
Everth Cabrera SS

Wei-Yin Chen LHP

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