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A scary trip home from the ballpark

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A scary trip home from the ballpark

BALTIMORE – I’ve lived in Baltimore for 35 years, and have seen the Orioles win the World Series, the Ravens win the Super Bowl twice. I’ve seen disasters, too, incredible snowstorms, a train accident near Camden Yards that prevented games from being played, but never rioting.

When Oriole Park opened in 1992, I rejoiced. It was about 1 ½ miles from my house. It’s a short drive, perhaps 10 minutes, and usually it’s uneventful.

Monday was anything but uneventful.

I left for the ballpark around 2:45 p.m., and it took 25 minutes to get there. There was tension in the air, and when I went to the Orioles clubhouse, players watched coverage of the riots.

I wanted to believe the game would be played as scheduled, but when word came that most of the gates were closed, I knew that postponement was a possibility.

When the game was scrubbed, I gathered my belongings to head home, knowing I could write at home.

I drove up Paca Street, and though it was still daylight, there were few people and cars. I’ll be home in record time.

When I got to Centre Street, about halfway between my house and the ballpark, dozens of police in riot gear had blocked the street, and I turned right and went up Eutaw Street. There I saw some smashed windows on businesses, and as I drove closer to my house, my heart raced.

It seemed quiet there, but a few blocks from my house, I heard a radio report that a Rite-Aid had been looted. Just then, I saw a car stopped in front of me, and two kids carrying boxes were talking with the driver.

I sped around the car, found a parking space near my house, and watched as the kids carrying those boxes walked down my street.

From 1980-87, I lived in front of that Rite-Aid, five blocks away. Then, I learned that the neighboring discount food store and the hardware store had been looted, too.

I know the people who work in that hardware store. It’s been there ever since I’ve been here.

Looting five blocks from home.

I watched coverage of the riots until it was time for bed. I’ve always been a good sleeper and somehow I slept until my wife woke me up just after seven.

Sleep is a great escape. So is baseball.

I love covering baseball games, and covering my adopted hometown team has been a wonderful experience. The only dangers there are foul balls coming into the press box.

I’d like to experience those dangers again soon. The others I hope to never see again.

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Illness keeping Chris Davis out of lineup

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Illness keeping Chris Davis out of lineup

The Baltimore Orioles fell to the Tampa Bay Rays 8-1 in the second game of their three-game set Wednesday. 

Here's the latest Orioles and Rays news:

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Starting pitcher David Hess surrendered six runs on eight hits in just two-plus innings of work Wednesday, falling to 1-3 on the season and raising his ERA to 5.57. The Rays crushed three homers off the 25-year-old, including back-to-back bombs in the third inning. 

Center fielder Cedric Mullins' cold start to the season continued Wednesday, going 0-for-3 in the loss. He's now batting just .098 in 51 at-bats this season. 

Chris Davis was left out of Baltimore's starting lineup for the second straight game due to illness. Renato Nunez started at first base in his place Wednesday, with Trey Mancini as the designated hitter. 

The Orioles activated catcher Austin Wynns from the 10-day injured list and optioned him to Triple-A Norfolk Wednesday. In four minor league rehab games before being activated, Wynns went 5-for-17 with two doubles and four RBI. 

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The Tampa Bay lineup teed off on Orioles pitching Wednesday night. Second baseman Brandon Lowe went 2-for-3 with a three-run home run, third baseman Yandy Diaz also homered and doubled and catcher Mike Zunino collected three hits and drove in a run. 

Reliever Yonny Chirinos went five scoreless innings to pick up the win against Baltimore, his third of the season. Chrinos allowed just one hit and one walk after relieving Ryne Stanek following the first inning. 

Right-hander Hunter Wood will start Thursday against the Orioles, acting as Tampa Bay's opener. 

Blake Snell played catch and reportedly threw from 90 feet away Wednesday, a day after the reigning AL Cy Young winner was placed on the 10-day injured list with a toe injury. 

Second baseman Joey Wendle played five innings in an extended spring training game Wednesday, collecting two hits. If all goes well, Wendle could be back with the Rays by the end of the weekend.

Injuries: 

1B Chris Davis: Illness, day-to-day 

RP Richard Bleier: Shoulder, 10-Day IL

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 10-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 10-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

Coming Up:

Thursday 4/18: Orioles @ Rays, 7:10 p.m., Tropicana Field 

Friday 4/19: Twins @ Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards 

Saturday 4/20: Twins @ Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards 

Source: Rotoworld

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Dylan Bundy continues to struggle keeping the ball in the park

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Dylan Bundy continues to struggle keeping the ball in the park

The Baltimore Orioles kicked off their midweek series with the Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday, but they fell short in game one. Here's the latest Orioles and Rays news:

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Starting pitcher Dylan Bundy allowed three runs at Tampa Bay Tuesday night, all of which came from the long ball. Bundy tossed five innings in total, striking out five, but was saddled with the loss after his tough fourth inning. Trey Mancini finished 2-for-5 with a run scored in the Orioles' win over the Red Sox on Monday. Mancini has not found a pitcher that he cannot hit off of after starting the year with a .343/.400/.701 batting line with six home runs, 12 RBI, and 17 runs. A big return for the 27-year-old after last year's slump.

Outfielder Dwight Smith, Jr. stayed hot at the plate, singling twice and scoring a run in the series opener against the Rays. It was his second straight game with multiple hits

First baseman Chris Davis was originally in Tuesday's lineup, but was scratched late due to an illness. Davis is coming off a nice series in Boston in which he recorded his first hit of the season, and also hit two doubles and a home run.

RAYS:

Starting pitcher Tyler Glasnow tossed seven innings against the Orioles, allowing just two runs. He was shaky early, but finished with three strikeouts and zero walks in the winning effort. 

Outfielder Avisail Garcia crushed a two-run home run off Dylan Bundy to give the Rays a lead they would not relinquish, and he also added an RBI single later in the game for insurance.

Injuries: 

1B Chris Davis: Illness, day-to-day 

RP Richard Bleier: Shoulder, 10-Day IL

C Austin Wynns: Oblique, 10-Day IL

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 10-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 10-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

Coming Up:

Wednesday 4/17: Orioles @ Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m., Tropicana Field 

Thursday 4/18: Orioles @ Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m., Tropicana Field 

Friday 4/19: Twins @ Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards 

Source: Rotoworld

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