The start times for the Orioles’ first two American League Division Series games at Camden Yards were announced Monday evening, contingent on the outcomes of both wild-card games.
The Orioles and the Detroit Tigers will open the postseason with the early game Thursday. If the Kansas City Royals win Tuesday’s American League wild-card game, the game will start at 5:37 p.m. And the start will be pushed back 30 minutes to 6:07 p.m. if the Oakland Athletics win the wild-card game.
The start of Game 2, which will be Friday, depends on the outcome of the National League wild-card game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the San Francisco Giants. If Pittsburgh prevails, the Orioles will play at 3:07 p.m. Friday, but if San Francisco wins, the Orioles will be looking at a quicker turnaround and a 12:07 p.m. start.
Game 3 of the ALDS, which will be played in Detroit, is scheduled for a 3:45 p.m. start Sunday.
Major League Baseball also announced the umpiring crews for the wild-card games and division series. For the Orioles-Tigers series, crew chief Jeff Kellogg will head a six-man crew that will include Scott Barry, Dan Bellino, Fieldin Culbreth, Paul Schrieber and Jim Wolf.
The umpires assigned to replay review for the division series are C.B. Bucknor, Chris Conroy, Ed Hickox and Brian O’Nora.
-- Brian Anderson, Dennis Eckersley and Joe Simpson will be the TBS broadcast team for the first 3 games of the Orioles’ ALDS matchup against the Tigers. Chris Berman and Rick Sutcliffe will announce Games 1, 2 and 5 of the Orioles-Tigers series on ESPN Radio. Dave Fleming and Sutcliffe will call Games 3 and 4.
-- Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz was named the team’s nominee for the annual Hank Aaron Award, which is given to the most outstanding offensive performer of the season.
A panel of Hall of Famers -- including Aaron, former Orioles players Eddie Murray and Roberto Alomar, as well as Paul Molitor, Johnny Bench, Frank Thomas and Robin Yount -- will decide one winner from each league. There also will be a fan voting component as fans can vote on MLB.com through Oct. 5. The winner will be announced during the World Series.
-- High-A Frederick third baseman Jason Esposito won the Rawlings minor league Gold Glove for his position. Esposito, the Orioles’ second-round pick in 2011 out of Vanderbilt, had a .960 fielding percentage and turned a Carolina League-leading 19 double plays this past season.
-- Online oddsmaker Bovada gives the Orioles 3-1 odds of winning the AL pennant. The Angels are the favorites to claim the AL with 2-1 odds, followed by the Tigers with 11-4 odds.
The Orioles hold 13-2 odds to win the World Series. The Angels and Dodgers are the favorites at 5-1.
-- Orioles players Adam Jones, Manny Machado and Ryan Flaherty are among the players scheduled to attend the Orange Playoff Pep Rally on Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Canton Crossing. The event will feature food trucks and live music with the proceeds going to Casey Cares, which provides programs for critically ill children and their families.
For ticket information on the event, go to Bmorearoundtown.com/events.