For the third time this week, inclement weather has forced the Orioles to alter scheduling for their final homestand of the season.
The team's scheduled series opener against the New York Yankees on Friday was postponed by rain and will be made up as part of a split-admission doubleheader Saturday. Game 1 will be at 12:05 p.m. and Game 2 will be at 7:05 p.m.
It will be the Orioles' third weather-related doubleheader of the season and their second this week. The Orioles played a fourth doubleheader in May after two games were postponed because of the Baltimore riots.
Tuesday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays was rained out and was played Wednesday as part of a single-admission doubleheader. Then, the start time of Thursday's series finale against Toronto was moved up to 12:05 p.m. from 7:05 p.m. That game was played, despite a 3-hour, 25-minute rain delay in the middle.
"Routine went out a long time ago," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "This year has been very helter-skelter, but you know, we talk all the time about making the adjustments that the season throws at you and life in general. Heck, it happens in all walks. So it's one of those things."
Even though the Orioles are eliminated, Friday's game did impact the playoff race. With three regular-season games remaining, the Yankees went into Friday needing either one win or a Houston Astros loss to clinch home-field advantage in the American League wild-card game. The Astros played late Friday in Arizona.
"The most important thing, as you look going forward, is to clinch the home field for us," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
Tickets for Friday's rained-out game will be valid for Saturday's 12:05 p.m. game. Saturday's tickets will be valid for the 7:05 p.m. game.
Fans holding tickets for Friday's game who are unable to attend the first game of the doubleheader can exchange them for the night game or for Sunday's season finale on a dollar-for-dollar basis. Fans can also wait until 2016 tickets go on sale, when they will be able to exchange them for any April 2016 home game with the exception of Opening Day.
Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen, who was Friday's starter, is expected to start one game of the doubleheader. Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez is still expected to start Saturday, but which game each pitcher starts has yet to be announced.
Friday night's postgame fireworks promotion will not be rescheduled. The first 20,000 fans ages 15 and over attending Saturday's 7:05 p.m. game will receive an Orioles knit bomber had as was originally scheduled.