For 2020 opener, Yan­kees at Ori­oles

Baltimore Sun - - ORIOLES - By Jon Me­oli

NEW YORK – The Ori­oles open the 2020 sea­son on March 26 at home against the New York Yan­kees, host the Chicago Cubs for two games in April, and have interleagu­e trips to face the St. Louis Car­di­nals, Cincinnati Reds, and the Cubs, ac­cord­ing to the sched­ule an­nounced by MLB on Mon­day.

Next sea­son’s sched­ule will also fea­ture a home game against the New York Yan­kees on Sept. 6 — the 25th an­niver­sary of Cal Rip­ken Jr. break­ing Lou Gehrig’s con­sec­u­tive games streak at 2,131 — plus home dates on Easter, Mother’s Day, Memo­rial Day, Fa­ther’s Day, and La­bor Day.

The no­table road trips are spread out through the sea­son, with the Ori­oles fac­ing the Car­di­nals in their home opener April 2 for a three-game se­ries, two games with the Cubs on June 2 and June 3, and three games in Cincinnati from Aug. 31 to Sept. 2.

Home high­lights in­clude a pair of week­end dates with the Washington Na­tion­als on Aug. 8-9, plus a visit from the Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers from Sept. 11-13.

Plenty of pitch­ers around

The Ori­oles re­called right-han­ders Evan Phillips and Jimmy Ya­cabo­nis ahead of Mon­day’s dou­ble­header, the lat­ter as the 26th man that they’re al­lowed to add to the ros­ter.

Ya­cabo­nis pitched one hit­less in­ning in re­lief of Gabriel Ynoa in the Ori­oles’ 8-5 loss in Game1.

Ty Blach, who was on the taxi squad Mon­day morn­ing, was added to the ros­ter for the sec­ond game and started as right-han­der Bran­den Kline was op­tioned to Triple-A Nor­folk. Kline al­lowed one run on a sacri­fice fly in Game 1, strik­ing out two and walk­ing one in the sev­enth in­ning.

Blach, a waiver claim from the San Fran­cisco Gi­ants last week, is a “crafty left-han­der that was a strike thrower, pretty de­cep­tive,” man­ager Bran­don Hyde said.

Blach pitched once for Triple-A Nor­folk since the trade, al­low­ing two runs on four hits in 2 1/3 in­nings.

Around the horn

Both Dwight Smith Jr. (calf ) and DJ Ste­wart (con­cus­sion) worked in the out­field with head ath­letic trainer Brian Ebel be­fore Mon­day’s dou­ble­header, with Hyde de­scrib­ing both as pro­gress­ing well. Smith could go out on a re­hab as­sign­ment later this week, while Ste­wart could be ac­ti­vated off the seven-day con­cus­sion in­jured list on Wed­nes­day or Fri­day, Hyde said. … Hyde said des­ig­nated hit­ter Mark Trumbo (knee) could be­gin an­other re­hab as­sign­ment soon to at­tempt to play again in Septem­ber.

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