Baltimore Orioles

Orioles game Friday against Royals rained out, rescheduled as doubleheader Sunday

For the first time this season, the weather has done more than cause a delay for an Orioles game. Friday’s series opener against the Kansas City Royals has been washed out because of rain and rescheduled as a single-admission doubleheader at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Sunday.

The first game of the doubleheader will begin at 1:35 p.m., followed by Game 2 approximately 30 minutes after the first game concludes. The year marks the return of nine-inning doubleheaders after twin-bill games were seven innings each during the past two seasons.


The schedule will shift the series’ probable starters. Right-hander Jordan Lyles will start Saturday night, with right-hander Tyler Wells and left-hander Bruce Zimmermann scheduled to pitch Sunday. Right-hander Carlos Hernández (0-1, 6.00 ERA) will start Saturday for Kansas City, with left-hander Daniel Lynch (2-1, 3.86 ERA) and right-hander Zack Greinke (0-2, 2.57 ERA) to follow on Sunday.

The Orioles closed out a four-game set against the Minnesota Twins with a power surge, blasting five solo home runs in a 5-3 win Thursday night — with first baseman Ryan Mountcastle crushing two while left fielder Austin Hays sent a ball over the newly expanded left field wall.


That win secured Baltimore a series split, and it showed encouraging signs for the offense — a group that has left something to be desired for much of the season, particularly when compared to the strong pitching performances.

“It’s a great way to come back after dropping the first two games and yeah, that last inning, Hays got it going,” Mountcastle said. “That was a huge home run, and for me to back it up, give us a little cushion, was great, and [right-hander Jorge López] shutting it down as usual, it was great couple of wins here last couple days.”


Saturday, 7:05 p.m.


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