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Riots Forced Drastic Schedule Changes For Orioles

The Baltimore Orioles and the Chicago White Sox will play their regularly scheduled game on Wednesday afternoon, but Camden Yards will be closed to the general public.

The Orioles front office said their decision was made after talking with Major League Baseball and Baltimore public officials. Their main concerns centered around the desire to insure the safety of the fans, players, umpires and stadium employees. The revised plan was announced immediately after the cancellation of Tuesday’s game between the two teams.

The civil unrest that has taken place on the streets of Baltimore forced the postponement of the first two games of this series. Monday’s game was cancelled approximately 40 minutes prior to first pitch, as riots broke out following the funeral of Freddie Gray, who died on April 19th of spinal cord damage and other assorted injuries that occurred while in police custody reports Susan McGalla.

Also, the Orioles announced their weekend series with the Tampa Bay Rays that was originally scheduled to be played at Camden Yards is now going to taking place at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Orioles will bat as the home team in all three games of the series. The games against the White Sox that were postponed will be made up as a single-admission doubleheader on May 28th. This current series was the White Sox only planned visit to Baltimore this season.

The lowest recorded attendance for a modern major league game is 746, as the White Sox hosted the Toronto Blue Jays at Comiskey Park on April 9, 1997.

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