After a rain delay of three hours, nine minutes, the Orioles and Kansas City Royals are underway at Oriole Park.Most of the large crowd stayed around because they wanted to salute Eddie Murray, whose statue was unveiled late Saturday afternoon.He was honored in an on-field ceremony before the game, and Murray saluted the fans.I want to thank everybody for sticking around, Murray began.More than four hours before, a smaller crowd gathered in the left field flag court to watch Murrays ceremony, and those who couldnt get close for that one, wanted to stay for this one.
The Orioles wanted to avoid playing a doubleheader on Sunday, and even though both teams have an off-day Sunday, the Royals have a charity golf tournament scheduled. Kansas Citys Alex Gordon drilled Chris Tillmans third pitch into the left field stands, and the Royals had an early 1-0 lead. It was Gordons second leadoff home run in three nights.
The Orioles lost the series finale to the Rays Sunday afternoon at Camden Yards, but there was one silver lining from the matchup, and the silver lining was delivered by second baseman Hanser Alberto.
For the first eight innings Sunday afternoon, none of the at-bats by the Orioles produced a hit, as Tampa Bay’s Ryne Stanek and Ryan Yarbrough combining to not allow a base runner. That was until the bottom of the ninth inning when O's second baseman Hansel Alberto decided that his ballclub would not be on the opposing side of history, and hit a single against the switch, breaking up what would have been the first combined perfect game in MLB history.
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The Baltimore Orioles became the latest MLB team to have plans to extend the protective netting all the way to the outfield foul pole lines in the lower sections, according to reports.
This change appends the Orioles to a short list of Major League Baseball teams deciding to move in this direction, most notably, after the incident that occurred earlier this season in which Chicago Cubs' center fielder Albert Almora Jr. hit a foul ball in Houston that struck and injured a young child in the stands.
The young child suffered a suffered skull fracture and seizure.
“We are currently working with our experts and partners toward finalizing plans to extend the protective netting at both of our ballparks even further to each foul pole,” team spokesman Greg Bader told the Baltimore Sun on Friday. “In an effort to ensure we implement the right plan for those attending games at both venues, we are performing due diligence and will implement the plan our experts recommend as soon as possible."
The Washington Nationals, Chicago White Sox, Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates have also announced plans to extend their parks netting.
The new netting will be installed at Camden Yards and at the Orioles’ Sarasota, Fla., spring training stadium “no later than the start of the 2020 season, if not at an earlier point in time,” the Baltimore Sun reported.
Before the beginning of the 2018 season, the Orioles extended the netting to a few sections beyond the dugout due to a growing number of baseball fans around the league being injured by balls and bats.
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