The Baltimore Orioles were trailing Boston 5-0 this evening in the second inning when the umpiring crew called for a rain delay. Two-and-a-half hours later, we got word that the game had been canceled. That means that Boston’s lead and all of the statistics garnered in the game are wiped out. A makeup date will be announced at a later time. For the record, Boston’s back at Camden Yards August 10-12th – the 13th is an off day for both teams.
Boston manager Alex Cora was apparently less than thrilled with how the rain delays in this series were handled. He might have a point, for the record. But with that said, the home team handles rain delay situations up until the umpire says PLAY BALL! Once that happens and the game starts, it’s up to the umpiring crew – and thus MLB.
The Orioles also announced today that Hall of Famer Eddie Murray is returning to the organization in the role of “Special Advisor to Ownership.” Murray was hired by John Angelos, and will begin his role immediately. It’s unclear exactly what that role is, short of Murray saying that he’ll be at spring training next year. However this is a move that Orioles fans should be behind. Eddie Murray’s a huge piece of Orioles history, and he’s returning to the organization hoping to help return it to glory.
The Orioles will open up a four-game set with Tampa tomorrow evening at Camden Yards. Dylan Bundy (who pitched briefly tonight before the rain out) gets the call for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by Tampa’s Hunter Wood. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.
UPDATE: The Orioles have updated their starter for the opener with Tampa, and Alex Cobb will get the start.