In minor-league season, O's may have to face replacements

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Even if the Orioles' minor-league exhibition schedule is wiped out, the regular-season schedules should remain intact. The Orioles' refusal to play against replacement players likely won't extend to the minor leagues.

Other teams have indicated that they will assign some players under replacement contracts to their minor-league affiliates. Orioles owner Peter Angelos has refused to allow the organization's minor-leaguers to play against replacement players in spring training.

"We haven't reached any final decision regarding [the regular season]," Angelos said, "but one has to consider the impact on the minor-league club owners. You'd have to think about the financial injury to them in that situation."

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