The postponement of Friday’s game, which was announced about 30 minutes before the scheduled first pitch, is the latest in an early season full of weather-related delays and postponements this year.
The Orioles’ first five weeks of the season have been almost exclusively cold, dreary and damp in Baltimore.
“Trying to predict weather? What’s the saying? If you want to make God laugh tell him about your plans,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Friday afternoon. “Nobody really knows. What is it, April showers bring May flowers? I’m waiting for the flowers.”
Fans who have tickets and parking passes for Friday’s game can use them for admission to the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, which will begin at 1:05 p.m. Gates will open for that game at 11:35 a.m.
The second game of the doubleheader will be played at 7:05 p.m. and tickets marked for Saturday’s game will be accepted for that game.
Fans who have tickets for Friday’s game and cannot attend Game 1 of the doubleheader can exchange them for a future game this season on a dollar-for-dollar basis. All exchanges are subject to availability and must be completed before July 11. Complimentary tickets are nonexchangeable.
Right-hander Mike Wright, who was scheduled to start Saturday night’s game, will now start the day game, and right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez, who was scheduled to pitch Friday, will start Saturday’s nightcap.
The Athletics will keep their starting pitching in order, with left-hander Rich Hill starting Game 1 of the doubleheader and right-hander Jesse Hahn pitching Saturday night as scheduled.
This is the Orioles’ second postponement in 17 home dates. Their game against the Tampa Bay Rays on April 9 was postponed by wintry conditions. A makeup date has yet to be set.
But that's just a sample of the bad weather that has hindered the Orioles’ early season routine. Rain delays for games that were played totaled 3 hours, 12 minutes.
Opening Day featured two rain delays totaling 2 hours, 51 minutes, while later that week, a 21-minute rain delay halted their eventual 4-2 win over the Minnesota Twins.
The Orioles’ April 16 road game at the Texas Rangers was also postponed by rain, forcing the Orioles to travel back to Texas on June 20 in the middle of a homestand in order to play a makeup game in Arlington.