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Rain, lightning postpone O's opener vs. Dodgers

Clubs schedule day-night doubleheader Saturday to open Interleague action


BALTIMORE -- The Dodgers' first visit to Baltimore in 11 years will have to wait one more day.

Thunderstorms and persistent rain in the Baltimore area foiled Friday's series opener, with the game being postponed shortly before 9 p.m. ET after a nearly two-hour delay. The teams will play a day-night doubleheader Saturday, with the first game starting at 1:05 p.m. ET and Game 2 beginning at the regularly scheduled 7:05 p.m. time.

The weather delay will not affect the pitching matchups, as Baltimore will send Friday's starter, Jason Hammel to the hill in Game 1 against the Dodgers' Hyun-Jin Ryu -- the anticipated matchup for Friday's opener. In the second game, Wei-Yin Chen will face off against Josh Beckett, just as they were supposed to.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter did not speak to reporters after the game was postponed, which seemed inevitable when rain began to fall around 6:30 p.m., forcing the grounds crew to bring out the tarp at Camden Yards for the first time this season.

Steady rain continued to fall throughout the night, and flashes of lightning forced fans to take cover while attempting to wait out the storm.

The Orioles' last doubleheader occurred late last season, when they split a pair with the Blue Jays at home on Sept. 24. The last time the Birds swept a doubleheader was Oct. 1, 2010, against the Tigers.

Elliot Smith is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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