SARASOTA, Fla. -- Major League Baseball announced changes to the Orioles' schedule yesterday. But, thus far, the expected flip-flop of a May series against the Indians at Camden Yards with a Sept. 8-10 series in Cleveland has not occurred.

"It's my understanding there could be some more adjustments," said American League vice president Phyllis Merhige. "We'll have to wait and see."

The alterations:

* The home opener, originally scheduled for May 2, has been moved to May 1 at 3:05 p.m. Fans can use May 2 tickets for this game.

* The May 8 game at Boston was dropped.

* A June 22 game against Boston at Camden Yards was added. Fans can use April 21 tickets for this game.

* The start time of the Aug. 16 home game vs. Cleveland has been moved from 12:35 p.m. to 7:35 p.m.

* An Aug. 17 home game against Kansas City has been added. Fans can use tickets from April 18.

The Orioles asked to flip-flop the two series with Cleveland to ensure that Cal Ripken would play his 2,131st consecutive game -- if he reaches that mark -- at home. As it stands, the potential record-breaker is scheduled for Sept. 6 at Camden Yards, but that's the final game of a homestand, and a rainout conceivably could push the game ahead to the next series.

+ (Orioles 1995 schedule, 4C)

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