Orioles postpone tonight's game against White Sox

The Orioles have postponed their second straight game because of rioting downtown.

The Orioles' game tonight against the Chicago White Sox has been postponed. It's the second straight game the teams will miss because of rioting downtown.

In a statement, the Orioles said:

"After consultation with Major League Baseball and state and local officials, tonight’s game between the Orioles and the White Sox at Oriole Park at Camden Yards has been postponed.

"An announcement regarding the make-up date will be made as soon as possible. Fans are encouraged to keep their tickets and parking passes until more information is made available."

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has enacted a week-long 10 p.m. curfew starting today because of violence in the city following the death of Freddie Gray, who was injured while in police custody.

As of late this morning, the Orioles were still considering a number of options, including playing at 4 p.m. today at Camden Yards.

On Monday, moments after the Orioles announced they were postponing their series opener against the White Sox, new commissioner Rob Manfred indicated the series could be moved to another site, also saying that Nationals Park, which is about 40 minutes south of Camden Yards, could be an option.

According to a source, the Orioles would rather do everything possible to attempt to play in Baltimore before engaging any thought of relocating games to alternative sites.

The Orioles’ homestand runs through Sunday, and the Nationals’ next home game isn’t until Monday, but moving the team’s game to Nationals Park offers several challenges, including staffing and ticketing issues.

There isn’t much precedent handling these situations. During the Los Angeles riots in spring 1992, the Dodgers’ three-game series against the Montreal Expos was postponed until the Expos’ next trips to Los Angeles in July, when the teams made up the games with three straight days of doubleheaders.

This is the White Sox’s only trip to Baltimore this season. The Orioles play a three-game series in Chicago over Fourth of July weekend.

Much like Monday – and dating back to Saturday – the situation is a fluid one. The Orioles work closely with local authorities to gauge public safety and any potentially dangerous situation. Most times, they are advised by the local police and other times they are directed by local authorities, like Saturday night’s lockdown.

Following Thursday's off day, the Orioles end their homestand with a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays. A protest in the city has been planned for Saturday.

The Rays are monitoring the events in Baltimore and The Tampa Bay Times suggested that there could be a possibility of moving this weekend's games to Tropicana Field in exchange for playing a series scheduled for St. Petersburg later this season in Baltimore. Rays officials told The Times Monday night they had not been contacted about moving the games to the Trop or elsewhere.

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