Orioles-Yankees postponed by rain, will be made up Thursday afternoon

After waiting deep into the night through several rain delays at home this season, the Orioles and New York Yankees didn't waste time in postponing Wednesday night's series finale, making the decision before the gates at Camden Yards opened.

The game will be made up on Thursday's mutual day off. First pitch will be at 1:35 p.m.


The postponement came after the Orioles and Yankees waited through a 2-hour, 14-minute delay to start Tuesday's game, which ended on Manny Machado's two-run walk-off home run just before 1 a.m. Wednesday morning.

The two teams attempted to get Wednesday's game in — the Orioles have been resilient this season in waiting out delays and did not have a postponement this season before Wednesday. Orioles manager Buck Showalter laid out the obstacles of playing on a travel day for both teams. But a forecast that showed little relief from storms throughout the night prompted all parties to decide to postpone the contest.


Thursday's scheduled day off was the Orioles' only one over a 31-day span and will take away a travel day from the Orioles before a 10-day, 10-game road trip to Cleveland, Toronto and New York that will be pivotal in the team's chase for a playoff spot. The Orioles went into Wednesday within one game of the second American League wild-card spot.

"Our priority is trying to play tonight," Showalter said before the game was postponed. "We've talked about start times tomorrow. You've got to think about a plane. If we played a night game tomorrow, you couldn't get the plane, potentially. That plane also takes the Pirates on somewhere else if they take us on time. There's a lot of things that change if you don't have your own plane.

"There's a lot of variables that play into it, like start times, television, fans. So, I think we've got Plan A, which is to play the game and what time we might, if at all. And then what time you'd play tomorrow. We try to be fair to both teams. They're going to Texas, gaining an hour. And we're going to Cleveland and staying the same."

Tickets for Wednesday's game will be honored for Thursday's makeup game — no exchange is necessary, as ticket stubs for Wednesday's game will grant admission.

Fans holding tickets for Wednesday's game who are unable to attend the makeup can exchange the value of those tickets for any of the team's six remaining regular-season home games, subject to availability.