With yesterday’s rain out at Fenway Park, the Baltimore Orioles are getting set to play a split doubleheader in Boston today. Game one will be shown locally on MASN at 1 PM, with Miguel Gonzalez facing Jon Lester. (This is the makeup game from yesterday.) Game two will be the previously scheduled 7:15 PM first pitch that will be shown nationally on FOX, with Ubaldo Jimenez facing John Lackey.
The O’s will have a 26th man on their roster for game two, as per MLB rules regarding doubleheaders. Evan Meek appears to be the guy who will be tabbed; they’ll have to option someone immediately following the game to set the roster back at 25. Birds Watcher will provide individual game recaps following the first game later this afternoon, and the second game as per usual tomorrow morning.
After tomorrow afternoon’s series finale in Boston, the O’s will head to Washington for a two-game
series with the Nationals. (And Washington will subsequently come to Camden Yards to play the O’s on Wednesday and Thursday nights.) So for fans who want to go “on the road” to catch the Orioles play, this is an excellent opportunity. It’s obviously not far, and if previous years are any indication it should be a spectacular atmosphere. Fans looking to purchase tickets can do so directly through the Nationals’ box office by clicking here. You can also check out HipMunk for cheap deals available all week long, for both D.C. and Baltimore hotels.
For fans that have never made the trip, Nationals Park isn’t a bad place to catch a game for fans. Many of my fellow writers might disagree with me a bit there given the fact that the press box is high atop the park, but if you’re a fan paying admission to the game it’s not a bad place to go. One feature that I find quaint is that at various concession stands throughout the park they sell food that’s unique to the visiting team’s city. Now some folks might look at that as catering to out-of-town fans, however in fact it brings some of the flavors from around the league to the DC fans. So I suspect that Orioles fans who make the trip will see crab cakes on sale around the park at a few spots. Both Monday and Tuesday’s games begin at just after 7 PM.
Nolan Reimold: The Orioles did conduct just a bit of business yesterday, by officially placing Nolan Reimold on waivers. Basically, he’s out there and eligible to be claimed by another team at any time. If he clears waivers without being claimed, he can be outrighted to triple-A Norfolk and remain in the organization. According to Roch Kubatko of masnsports.com, this process is expected to be concluded (one way or the other) by the end of the weekend.