O’s and Indians to play doubleheader on Sunday
baltimore — The Baltimore Orioles will play a split-admission doubleheader Sunday against the Cleveland Indians after Saturday night’s scheduled game was postponed by rain.
Game 1 will begin at 1:35 p.m and Game 2 is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Tickets for Saturday’s rainout will be honored for Game2 on Sunday. Gates for the first game will open at 11:30 a.m. Gate times for the second game will be announced at the conclusion of Game 1.
The Buck Showalter garden gnome, one of the highlights of this season’s giveaway schedule, will be distributed to the first 25,000 fans age 15 and over attending the second game Sunday.
The team’s State of the Orioles program, an annual event for season-ticket holders that includes an autograph session and question-and-answer session with Executive Vice President Dan Duquette and Showalter, the team’s manager, will be rescheduled for a future date.
Right-hander Chris Tillman, initially Saturday’s starter, will start Game 1. Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez, who was originally scheduled to pitch Sunday, will start Game 2.
In preparation for a rainout Saturday, the Orioles had scratched right-hander Kevin Gausman from his scheduled start with Class AAA Norfolk so he could be an option to start Game 2 under the 26th-man rule for doubleheaders. Instead, the Orioles can add an extra bullpen pitcher to use in the second game, possibly lefthander T. J. McFarland, whowas optioned to Norfolk on Friday.
The Indians will start righthander Trevor Bauer in Game 1 on Sunday and will call up righ than der Toru Murata to start Game 2 for his major league debut. Buying times on Jones
No one likes to play doubleheaders because it’s difficult to win two games in one day.
But Saturday’s rainout provided the Orioles an additional day before having to make a decision on whether to place center fielder Adam Jones on the disabled list.
Showalter previously said the team would decide Saturday whether to place Jones on the disabled list based on how well he recovered from a throwing session Friday, the first time he tested his ailing right shoulder in a week.
The club now gets the benefit of an extra day. Any move regarding Jones can be backdated to last Sunday, so if Jones is placed on the disabled list, he would miss just eight more days until he’s eligible to return July 6, when the team opens a three-game series in Minnesota.
Jones has played in just two of the last 10 games after hurting his shoulder attempting to make a diving play June 15.