Orioles' Miguel Jabalera (89) sprints out of the dugout following staff and players to the clubhouse in the pouring rain during a spring training game, Saturday, March 19, 2016, in Port Charlotte, Fla. The Orioles game against the Tampa Bay Rays was canceled due to heavy rain in the region.
Orioles' Miguel Jabalera (89) sprints out of the dugout following staff and players to the clubhouse in the pouring rain during a spring training game, Saturday, March 19, 2016, in Port Charlotte, Fla. The Orioles game against the Tampa Bay Rays was canceled due to heavy rain in the region. (Tony Gutierrez / AP)

The skies were ominously overcast across Sarasota County on Saturday morning, prompting the Orioles' travel squad for that afternoon's game against the Tampa Bay Rays in Port Charlotte to push back their bus ride in case the contest was called early.

The Orioles ended up traveling to Charlotte Sports Park, but their Grapefruit League game against the Rays lasted just six pitches before a sudden downpour led to the cancellation of Saturday's contest with two outs in the top of the first inning.

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Just as Rays right-hander Chris Archer delivered his first pitch of the game to Orioles center fielder Julio Borbon the dark skies opened up. Two outs into the contest, after Archer struck out Nolan Reimold, home plate umpire John Tumpane removed both teams from the field.

The game will not be made up.

Right-hander Yovani Gallardo was scheduled to make his third spring training start Saturday and was likely to go about four innings. It's unclear when he will pitch next, especially since right-handers Chris Tillman and Tyler Wilson will log most of the innings in Sunday's home Grapefruit League game against the Rays.

Other notes of interest:

* Borbon was brought over from minor league camp to replace outfielder Xavier Avery, who is out with a hip flexor strain. Showalter said Avery, who made the trip to Tampa on Friday but was unavailable, shouldn't be considered day-to-day. "It's not going to be a day or two," Showalter said. "He's a tough nut. If he's got something, you multiply it. He's a really physically tough guy. [Head trainer] Richie [Bancells] said don't count on him in the next day or two. It's going to be a while."

* Left-hander Jeff Beliveau threw a side session Saturday and is scheduled to see his first game action of the spring by throwing one inning in a minor league game Monday against the Boston Red Sox's High-A team at Twin Lakes Park. Right-hander Kevin Gausman will make his next start in the same game Monday, which is the Orioles' one day off this spring.

* Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez will make his next spring start in a Triple-A minor league game Tuesday at Twin Lakes Park, marking the second straight minor league game he has pitched, while right-hander Mike Wright will start the major league game. Right-handers Miguel Gonzalez and Vance Worley will pitch in Wednesday's major league game.

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