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The exhibition game between the Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays has been cancelled after a heavy rainstorm swept over Fort Lauderdale Stadium. The tarp was on the infield this time and the sun came out by 1 p.m., but the field was too water-logged to play the game safely.

It is the second rainout this week. The first one cost the Orioles half of a split-squad doubleheader on Wednesday.

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Don't know if the game could have been played under these conditions at a newer spring training facility, but every time something like this happens it is a reminder of how the Orioles were left behind during a couple of spring training construction bursts in Florida and Arizona.

There are whispers that the O's are making nice with Sarasota and may still get a deal done to play in a renovated Ed Smith Stadium complex. There are other possibilties, but that one seems the most logical from a baseball operations standpoint.

Pitching update: The starting rotation has been adjusted for the rainout. Mark Hendrickson will start tomorrow's game against the St. Louis Cardinals in Jupiter, Fla., and a determination is yet to be made on the status of Hayden Penn, who was originally scheduled to start the game. Penn could drop in behind Hendrickson or throw in some kind of simulated situation in Fort Lauderdale, where Rich Hill and Koji Uehara already are scheduled to throw to hitters in a simulated game.

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