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The Orioles released some preliminary schedule information for the 2009 season, which will open at Camden Yards with a three-game series against the New York Yankees beginning April 6.

The Yankees also come to town for Mother's Day weekend (May 8-10) and make their final visit Aug. 31-Sept. 2. I'm sure Yankees fans all over the Eastern seaboard are marking their calendars at this very moment.

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Two of the three home series with the Red Sox will be weekend series (July 31-Aug. 2 and Sept. 18-20).

Along with the Washington Nationals, the other National League East interleague opponents to visit Oriole Park will be the Atlanta Braves (June 12-14) and New York Mets (June 16-18). The O's go on the road during the interleague stretch to Philadelphia and Florida.

Pitching injury of the day: Following the diagnosis yesterday, the Orioles placed Dennis Sarfate on the 15-day disabled list today with a right distal clavicle fracture, a freak non-baseball injury he suffered in April. Club officials think he'll be fine by spring training.

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