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Who Orioles believe could step up in absence of injured O'Day

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Who Orioles believe could step up in absence of injured O'Day

SAN FRANCISCO—What will the Orioles do without Darren O’Day? How long will he be lost? 

The first question is the easier one to answer. The Orioles went for seven weeks without O’Day when he suffered a strained right hamstring and went 26-18. 

“It’s going to tough. We did it before. We just kind of have to get back to that mindset we had of kind of carrying the load a little bit more with some other guys. It’s just an opportunity for another young guy to step up and do a good job,” Zach Britton said. 

Brad Brach, who didn’t retire either of the two batters he faced in Friday’s game, will have a more prominent role. So might Mychal Givens and Vance Worley. 

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“Myself and Brad just kind of continue doing what we’ve been doing, I think. It’s just…It’s going to be a group effort down there. It’s not one individual guy. We have a lot of guys throwing well, and they’re going to need to continue doing that, and some other guys that are going to maybe need to be in situations where they’re not as comfortable yet. They’re going to have to get the job done. That’s just kind of how it’s going to work.” 

Left-hander Donnie Hart, Ubaldo Jimenez and the newly recalled Tyler Wilson comprise the rest of the bullpen. 

Britton spoke with O’Day, and he knows how his colleague feels.

“I think he’s really frustrated. He prides himself being a guy who’s very consistent, durable and it’s pretty unfortunate for him right now. But I know he’s going to do everything he can to get back to us. Hopefully, within that 15 day period. Hopefully, when that time’s up he’ll be ready to go,” Britton said. 

“I can’t control who’s hurt or who’s not. Same thing with Brad. The one thing that me and him talked about the first time that Darren was injured was, “Hey, you know what? It’s not like we’re going to throw three or four innings.’ Our job is our job. Yeah, we’ve got to be a little bit sharper.”

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Orioles announce series with Marlins will begin on Tuesday

Orioles announce series with Marlins will begin on Tuesday

After the Orioles-Marlins series last week was postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak within the Marlins organization, the teams announced they will face off in a four-game series this week.

In a press release on Monday, the Orioles said they will play a four-game series against Miami starting Tuesday at Camden Yards due to the concerns of Hurricane Isaias in Florida. The Orioles will serve as the home team for the first two games, and the Marlins will play their “home opener” in the final two. 

The series also features a seven-inning doubleheader on Wednesday. The first game will begin at 5:05 p.m. that evening, and the second will start 30 minutes after the end of the first. The teams will play single games on Tuesday and Thursday.

Baltimore was originally set to take on Miami from July 27-30. However, the Marlins faced a coronavirus outbreak within the team after players failed to follow safety protocols. 20 coaches and players within the franchise tested positive since Opening Day.

Miami started its season with a three-game series against Philadelphia, winning two of the matchups. However, the series led to positive coronavirus tests within the Phillies organization as well and caused a domino effect of cancelations around the league. 

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde spoke on the matter last week, saying the team has taken a day-to-day approach to the situation.

“I think there is a little bit of concern, but we want to play,” he said. “Our guys want to play. We feel comfortable about how things are here right now. We’re going to continue to follow closely all the guidelines in place because our guys really want to be on the field. This was something that was possible, and it’s extremely unfortunate. I think we’re taking it very, very seriously.”

The O’s have started their season with a 5-3 record after facing the Red Sox, Yankees and Rays. Now the team will look to continue their strong start at home on Tuesday at 7:35 p.m.

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Mariners place Jeffrey Maier cutout in stands at game vs. A's

Mariners place Jeffrey Maier cutout in stands at game vs. A's

With Major League Baseball games being absent of fans for the 2020 season, teams have gotten rather creative when it comes to "filling" the stadiums for gameday.

Many used fake crowd noise as a way to bring the common atmosphere to the ballpark, and some have gone as far as putting cutouts of fans in the seats. The Seattle Mariners are one of them, but one particular face in the crowd may bring back some bad memories for Orioles fans.

During Sunday's game against the Oakland Athletics, a cutout of Jeffrey Maier, an infamous enemy of all Baltimore supporters was spotted near the fence. 

For those who may be unfamiliar, Maier made his mark During Game 1 of the 1996 ALCS between Baltimore and the New York Yankees when he was a 12-year old fan in the stands of Yankee Stadium. The Orioles held a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the eighth inning when a young Derek Jeter sent a ball his way, and Maier reached out and grabbed the "home run."

Only, many believe it wouldn't have been a home run if it wasn't for Maier, as fans will still pull up evidence that Orioles right fielder Tony Tarasco was in a position to potentially catch the ball because it was not going over the wall. Right or wrong, the call went in the Yankees favor and Maier went in the Orioles Hall-of-Shame.

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So, while the cutout of Maier in Seattle may be a funny and clever move to many, it probably isn't being viewed like that in Baltimore. As the picture showed, Steve Bartman was also included in the hijinks, so at least Orioles and Cubs fans can share in the misery. Though, Chicago's may sting less as they've lifted their curse since then.

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