The Orioles lose to the Red Sox, 3-1, on a cold day in Boston. (Eduardo A. Encina, Baltimore Sun video)
BOSTON — The Orioles' scheduled series finale against the Boston Red Sox on Monday has been postponed because of forecasted inclement weather.
The teams will make up the game May 17 on a mutual off day before the Orioles' next series at Fenway Park on May 18-20.
The third Monday in April is Patriots Day in New England and the annual running of the Boston Marathon coincides with an early 11 a.m. start for the Red Sox game at Fenway Park.
Because it is a yearly tradition, the Red Sox attempt to play the game through weather problems, but with the forecast calling for nearly a 100 percent chance of rain throughout the day, the Red Sox decided to postpone Monday's game early. This is the first time a Patriots Day game has been postponed since 1984.
The Orioles played Sunday's game through bitter 34-degree cold, 23-mph winds and rain at first pitch, realizing the likelihood that Monday's game would be postponed.
Because of the postponement, the Orioles will adjust their starting rotation for their road series in Detroit. Right-hander Andrew Cashner, who was scheduled to start Monday, is now set to pitch in Tuesday night's series opener against the Tigers. Right-hander Kevin Gausman is scheduled for Wednesday night, and Thursday's starter is to be determined.
The Orioles would likely want to keep right-hander Alex Cobb on schedule to start Thursday on regular rest — provided he comes out of his work day well — meaning that the team will likely skip right-hander Chris Tillman's next turn through the rotation.