Orioles postpone game; city enacts curfew

Orioles postpone game; city enacts curfew

BALTIMORE -- Just a few hours after players huddled around clubhouse televisions, watching the Freddie Gray protests move through Baltimore, the Orioles postponed Monday night's game against the White Sox after consulting with the Baltimore City Police Department. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced a citywide curfew from 10 p.m.- 5 a.m. ET starting Tuesday and running for the rest of the week.

The curfew comes while the city of Baltimore is experiencing civil unrest following the death of Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died on April 19 from injuries allegedly suffered while in police custody. It is unknown how the curfew will affect the rest of the series, with 7:05 p.m. ET games scheduled for both Tuesday and Wednesday

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Amid protests, Manfred addresses Orioles, White Sox

Amid protests, Manfred addresses Orioles, White Sox

BALTIMORE -- Commissioner Rob Manfred has been making an effort to meet with as many teams as possible during his first year in office, which is why he flew to Baltimore on Monday.

Manfred planned to talk to players from the Orioles and visiting White Sox. He had some business to discuss with Orioles owner Peter Angelos. And, on top of all that, he just likes the city. It was here that he was elected to replace Bud Selig last August. Years ago, Manfred was a season-ticket holder at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

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Richard Justice

In time of unrest, Angelos speaks from the heart

In time of unrest, Angelos speaks from the heart

They couldn't play baseball in Baltimore at a time like this. Not with sections of a great American city so shaken.
 
This is where real life intrudes on the games we love, and Baltimore could use a baseball game right about now, and then some.
 
However, at this point -- and for the foreseeable future -- Baltimore must focus its manpower and resources on restoring calm.
 
That alone looks daunting right now.
 
What began as protests over the death of an unarmed black man in custody, escalated into looting and violence.
 
Even as the family of the victim, Freddie Gray, pleaded for peace, dozens of clashes took place.
 
With the chaos a few miles away from Camden Yards, the Orioles and White Sox postponed their game Monday night.
 
Suddenly, in Baltimore, similar scenes that played out in Ferguson, Mo., and New York became a terrifying reality.
 
Tensions have increased steadily since Gray, 25, died of a spinal injury apparently suffered after his arrest on April 12. Six Baltimore police officers have been suspended, pending an investigation.
 
When protesters noisily filled the streets around Camden Yards before and during a Red Sox-Orioles game on Saturday, Orioles executive vice president John Angelos unleashed a flood of perspective via Twitter.
 
His words were passionate, his anger palpable. One awful moment for his city was symbolic of something else, and by the time he was done, he'd referenced Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., the Bill of Rights and "innocent working families."
 
Sports executives simply do not speak the way Angelos did. They just don't. They see it as too risky, too polarizing. They play it down the middle, saying something without really saying anything.
 
And so this was the exception. Baseball has long prided itself on being a social institution, on standing for the right thing and attempting to do the right thing. Against this backdrop, Angelos spoke.
 
When a Baltimore sportscaster, Brett Hollander, used Twitter to complain that the protesters were a nuisance to people attempting to go about their business, Angelos responded, quickly and unfiltered.
 
He said, protests aside, that the death of Gray was symbolic of a different kind of injustice, that of jobs being shipped abroad, the loss of civil rights protections and the hardships inflicted on those who are voiceless.
 
He finished with:
 
We need to keep in mind people are suffering and dying around the U.S., and while we are thankful no one was injured at Camden Yards, there is a far bigger picture for poor Americans in Baltimore and everywhere who don't have jobs and are losing economic civil and legal rights, and this makes inconvenience at a ballgame irrelevant in light of the needless suffering government is inflicting upon ordinary Americans.
 
Angelos is a son of Baltimore, a lifelong resident who appreciates its beauty and admires its grit and tenacity. He loves it deeply and cares about it profoundly. And so this latest incident was personal.
 
Baltimore is unique in countless ways, but it begins with an attitude. There's pride among Baltimore's citizens in how it rose from the crime and near despair of the 1960s into a thriving, beautiful city of picturesque neighborhoods, libraries, museums and restaurants.
 
Perhaps it's because Baltimore is tucked on the I-95 corridor between Washington and Philadelphia that it sometimes gets overlooked. Maybe that contributes to the warmth locals feel for it.
 
Baltimore is not perfect. It has crime and poverty and blight, just like every other major American city. That fight is ongoing. Yet Baltimore has come so far in three decades, especially around its beautiful inner harbor and in the renaissance that spread into the adjoining neighborhoods. That part of Baltimore is bustling with activity, with people of all ages dining and shopping and working.
 
Oriole Park at Camden Yards, which opened in 1992, played a huge role in the rebirth of Baltimore in giving life to an area of the city that had little.
 
Here's the other thing that's important to know about Baltimore. Sports matters. Always has. It's also personal. Johnny Unitas and Brooks Robinson weren't just stars. They arrived in Baltimore to begin their careers and made it their homes. They were both everymen, living and shopping and dining alongside their fans.
 
Cal Ripken Jr. was like that, too. His dad was an Orioles legend, one of the architects of what became known as "the Oriole way." Ripken grew up dreaming of playing for his hometown team, and when he made history by playing in his 2,131st consecutive game, Baltimore saw him as its own.
 
When Buck Showalter became Orioles manager in 2010, he wanted to be sure his players understood why it was special to be part of the franchise. So he lined the clubhouse hallways with the franchise's important figures, from Earl Weaver and Frank Robinson to Jim Palmer and Eddie Murray.
 
When statues of the five Oriole Hall of Famers were unveiled at Camden Yards during the 2011 season, Showalter encouraged his players to attend and to perhaps get a better understanding of both the city and team.
 
And so Gray's death was troubling to Angelos on more than one level. He used Twitter to caution that the investigation was ongoing. Still, whatever it unearths won't change the things he said on Saturday.
 
His father, Peter Angelos, bought the Orioles in 1993. Peter is the son of Greek immigrants and a self-made man in every way imaginable. He was raised in the Highlandtown area of East Baltimore, a gritty working-class area.
 
Peter graduated from Patterson Park High School and was valdectorian of his class at the University of Baltimore School of Law. He has practiced law in Baltimore for 44 years and prides himself on speaking for those unable to speak for themselves.
 
He has taken on asbestos manufacturers, tobacco companies and pharmaceuticals. He's also a former member of the Baltimore City Council and has been involved in dozens of development projects in the city.
 
Once during a conversation with a reporter, Peter began talking about the beauty of the American judicial system and its power to right wrongs. As he spoke, tears welled in his eyes.
 
John Angelos, also a law school grad, understands these same emotions and felt them bubble to the surface on Saturday night. He knows that we'll return to playing baseball at some point soon.
 
He believes this isn't that time. Rather, it's a moment to speak up for the right thing. In that way at least, he's very much his father's son.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ubaldo looking to stay tough against White Sox

Ubaldo looking to stay tough against White Sox

After Monday night's series opener between the Orioles and White Sox was postponed due to the Freddie Gray protests near Camden Yards, no announcement was made about how the three games between the two clubs will be scheduled for the rest of the week.

As of now, the White Sox will employ right-hander Jeff Samardzija, in the middle of appealing his five-game suspension with MLB, to make his scheduled Tuesday start. He'll face righty Ubaldo Jimenez, making his fourth start of the season. Jimenez hasn't lost in his last four outings vs. the White Sox, going 1-0 with a 3.46 ERA over a span dating to 2013.

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Paul Hagen

MLB historically sensitive to outside turmoil

MLB historically sensitive to outside turmoil

BALTIMORE -- It was the middle of the afternoon in Los Angeles on the afternoon on April 29, 1992. A small black-and-white television was on in the near-empty press box at Dodger Stadium. Suddenly, a breaking-news alert interrupted the regularly scheduled programming. The police accused of beating a civilian named Rodney King had been found not guilty.

That night's game between the Phillies and Dodgers was surreal. Police helicopters flew back and forth across the darkened sky, searchlights flashing.

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Paul Hagen is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Everybody chips in as O's never let up, rout Red Sox

Everybody chips in as O's never let up, rout Red Sox

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles' offense scored early and often, chasing Boston starter Wade Miley in the third inning and going on to plate a season high in runs in Sunday's 18-7 series finale blowout at Camden Yards.

Baltimore, which stopped a five-game losing streak with Saturday's walk-off win, was led by a five-RBI performance from Delmon Young, who went 3-for-6 out of the cleanup spot. Chris Davis, who homered in the sixth, and Steve Pearce each drove in three runs. Red-hot Jimmy Paredes went 3-for-5 with three RBIs to raise his season average to .429.

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Protests force postponement of O's-White Sox on Monday

Protests force postponement of O's-White Sox on Monday

BALTIMORE -- As violent protests 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. As riots moved downtown, all but two gates at Camden Yards were shut down.

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Orioles set an odd record by scoring 18 runs Sunday

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Orioles set an odd record by scoring 18 runs Sunday

If you're not familliar with the game of baseball, allow us to let you in on a little pro tip: the team that scores the most runs wins. The Orioles won on Sunday because they definitely scored the most runs.

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Outstanding offensive output unmatched in Buck's tenure

Delmon drives in five; Davis, Pearce and Paredes each plate three of O's 18 runs

Outstanding offensive output unmatched in Buck's tenure

BALTIMORE -- The O's offense scored the most runs in manager Buck Showalter's tenure on Sunday afternoon, unloading on Boston in an 18-7 win that marked the club's biggest single-game offensive output since 2006.

"It's huge. Huge for us," said Steve Pearce, who had three RBIs. "We know we've got a good offense. So we know we can score runs, and it definitely is [the goal] to keep the ball rolling going into the next series."

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Norris bounces back for O's in best start of season

With boost from bats, struggling right-hander limits Red Sox to three runs

Norris bounces back for O's in best start of season

BALTIMORE -- Bud Norris needed this.

The righty, who entered Sunday with a 17.42 ERA, took a shutout into the seventh inning and picked up his first victory in four starts in an encouraging outing against the Red Sox, which the Orioles won, 18-7.

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Lough delivers game-winning HR in 10th

Lough delivers game-winning HR in 10th

BALTIMORE -- Rarely used Oriole David Lough hit his first career walkoff homer to give Baltimore a 5-4 win in 10 innings over Boston, snapping a season-high five-game losing streak in the process.

Lough, who was mobbed by his teammates when he arrived back at home plate, was a late-game addition and deposited a ball over the right-field scoreboard off Koji Uehara. It was the O's second run of the inning, as Adam Jones tripled and scored on Chris Davis' sacrifice fly to negate Xander Bogaerts' solo shot off reliever Brad Brach in the top of the 10th.

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Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli. Jeff Seidel is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Orioles take precautions with nearby protests

Fans asked to not leave ballpark for portion of night due to Gray demonstrators

Orioles take precautions with nearby protests

BALTIMORE -- Fans at Saturday's Orioles-Red Sox game were asked not to leave Camden Yards for part of the evening, by both the mayor's office and city police department, due to protests in the area.

Fans were permitted to leave in the 10th inning with the Orioles advising fans of the safest routes to take home. The planned demonstration was for Freddie Gray and clogged downtown Baltimore, and the team closed an entrance gate for part of the evening.

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Hardy shut down with left shoulder injury

Shortstop receives Cortisone shot; will test shoulder Wednesday

Hardy shut down with left shoulder injury

BALTIMORE -- Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy had a Cortisone injection in his left shoulder on Saturday and will be shut down until the middle of next week.

Hardy, who joined the team in Baltimore before Saturday's 5-4 win over the Red Sox, will re-test his shoulder on Wednesday. The All-Star shortstop has been sidelined since the end of Spring Training and has yet to play in a rehab game.

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Wieters progressing, no official timetable for return

Wieters progressing, no official timetable for return

BALTIMORE -- There is still no timetable for Matt Wieters to return to the lineup, but the catcher is progressing well as he recovers from Tommy John surgery.

Bench coach John Russell, who took over pregame duties so manager Buck Showalter could attend his father-in-law's memorial service in Nashville, Tenn., spoke about Wieters' progress before Saturday's 5-4 win over the Red Sox.

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Gonzalez's gritty effort not enough for Orioles

Gonzalez's gritty effort not enough for Orioles

BALTIMORE -- For the first time in nine games, the Orioles got a start of at least six innings as Miguel Gonzalez -- the last guy to do it -- managed to make it through six frames in Friday's 7-5 loss to the Red Sox.

"I've got to tell you, I didn't think Miguel was carrying his normal stuff, and he got through it," manager Buck Showalter said. "He painted himself in a little bit of a corner there."

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Homers sting O's as slide reaches five games

Homers sting O's as slide reaches five games

BALTIMORE -- Boston used a trio of homers, including an eighth-inning go-ahead three-run blast from Brock Holt, to hand Baltimore its fifth consecutive loss in Friday's 7-5 series-opening win at Camden Yards.

The Red Sox, who also got back-to-back homers from David Ortiz and Hanley Ramirez in the fifth, capitalized on O's third baseman Manny Machado's error as Holt went deep off O's righty Darren O'Day.

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Machado's miscue proves costly in decisive eighth

Machado's miscue proves costly in decisive eighth

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles have been haunted by walks and sloppy play in the first month of the season, and Friday was no different.

Brian Matusz's two-out walk to Pablo Sandoval and third baseman Manny Machado's error paved the way for Baltimore's 7-5 loss to the Red Sox, setting up a three-run homer by Brock Holt.

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Was new Suicide Squad character spotted at O's game?

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Was new Suicide Squad character spotted at O's game?

The Internet sparked to life on Friday when David Ayers, the director of Warner Brothers' upcoming DC Comics film, "Suicide Squad," revealed the first photo of Jared Leto as the Joker. And yes, it is a callback to the iconic "The Killing Joke" image. And no, it's not (as far as we know) the newest Mudvayne cover art.

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Right groin injury forces Flaherty to disabled list

Infielder Navarro recalled from Triple-A; Hardy, Wieters continuing respective rehabs

Right groin injury forces Flaherty to disabled list

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles' infield continues to be hit hard by injuries, as the club placed Ryan Flaherty (right groin strain) on the 15-day disabled list prior to Friday's game. Infielder Rey Navarro was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk in Flaherty's place and is expected to see the bulk of his playing time at second base.

"It's disappointing any time you go on the DL. I try to take a lot of pride in being available," Flaherty said. "It's just frustrating. A couple of those guys are down, and I take a lot of pride in trying to fill in. And all of a sudden, you're with them, hurt."

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Machado's homers change the narrative

Machado's homers change the narrative

TORONTO -- Manny Machado almost single-handedly pulled the Orioles back into Thursday's 7-6 loss to the Blue Jays, but his two-homer night wasn't quite enough.

After he broke up Drew Hutchison's perfect game with a homer to lead off the sixth inning, Machado came to the plate in the ninth to face Toronto closer Miguel Castro with two runners on, one out and his team down four runs. The 22-year-old battled back from an 0-2 count, and on the sixth pitch of the at-bat sent a fastball into the second deck in left field, turning what once appeared to be a blowout into a one-run game.

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Machado leads rally, but O's come up short vs. Jays

Machado leads rally, but O's come up short vs. Jays

TORONTO -- Drew Hutchison delivered a stellar eight-inning performance and the Blue Jays fought off a late Orioles charge to take a 7-6 victory on Thursday at Rogers Centre.

After Hutchison's night ended, the bullpen nearly blew a five-run lead in the ninth. Liam Hendriks allowed three hits before he was lifted with one out in favour of closer Miguel Castro, who promptly surrendered a three-run shot to Manny Machado, his second homer of the game.

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Ubaldo allows first runs of '15 on 2 big swings

Orioles starter, along with rest of rotation, struggling to go deeper into games

Ubaldo allows first runs of '15 on 2 big swings

TORONTO -- Ubaldo Jimenez's start on Wednesday might have ended differently if not for a pair of solid Blue Jays swings. The right-hander gave up his first two homers of the season, costing him his first four runs as well, as the Orioles fell to the Blue Jays, 4-2, at Rogers Centre.

With a 2-0 lead in fourth, Jimenez walked Edwin Encarnacion before Justin Smoak tied it with a two-run shot. Devon Travis then smacked a two-run homer to break the tie in the fifth, giving Toronto all the offense it would need. Jimenez said he would've liked to have both pitches back.

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Orioles lament numerous missed opportunities

Club unable to take advantage of seven walks by Blue Jays starter; DP's, gaffes costly

Orioles lament numerous missed opportunities

TORONTO -- They had their chances, but the Orioles couldn't capitalize on a shaky outing from Blue Jays right-hander Aaron Sanchez on Wednesday.

Sanchez walked seven over 5 1/3 innings, giving the Baltimore bats ample opportunity to cash in on the scoreboard. But aside from a Jimmy Paredes homer in the third, the Orioles came up empty and dropped their third straight game in a 4-2 loss at Rogers Centre.

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Homers hurt Ubaldo as Orioles lose battle of blasts

Homers hurt Ubaldo as Orioles lose battle of blasts

TORONTO -- Devon Travis and Justin Smoak each homered, while right-hander Aaron Sanchez somehow pitched around seven walks in the Blue Jays' 4-2 victory over the Orioles on Wednesday night at Rogers Centre.

Both home runs were charged to Baltimore right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez. Smoak's two-run shot in the fourth inning marked the end of a 13 2/3-innings scoreless streak to begin the season for Jimenez. He also battled some control problems on the mound with three walks in the fifth, including one which came around to score on Travis' go-ahead homer.

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Buck ready to move past O's-Blue Jays squabble

Baltimore manager discusses previous night's incidents Wednesday on 'High Heat'

Buck ready to move past O's-Blue Jays squabble

Baltimore manager Buck Showalter took his time to make his point on Wednesday.

Showalter, calling into the "High Heat" program on MLB Network, shared his perspective on the events from Tuesday night's game, when his team had some static against the Toronto Blue Jays.

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