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Orioles' 60-game 2020 season begins with Opening Day on the road in Boston

Orioles' 60-game 2020 season begins with Opening Day on the road in Boston

Baseball is coming.

Major League Baseball announced its 2020 schedule on Monday evening, as each of the league's 30 clubs found out their 60-game slate for this year's pandemic-shortened season. For the Baltimore Orioles, that means an away date with the Boston Red Sox when the sport returns.

Baltimore will travel to Boston for a three-game series with rival Red Sox, starting on Friday, July 24, to begin its 2020 season. After a quick two-game series with the Miami Marlins following their weekend series in Boston, Baltimore returns home for an eight-game homestand beginning with the team's home opener on July 29 against Miami.

The Orioles are scheduled for a 10-game homestand from August 14-23, hosting series with the Washington Nationals, Toronto Blue Jays and Boston Red Sox.

However, the O's will head on the road for over a week immediately after, as Baltimore will play seven consecutive games away from Camden Yards from August 25-31.

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The New York Yankees, arguably Baltimore's toughest opponent this season, first come to Baltimore on August 3 for a three-game series. Baltimore will have an extended stay in New York from September 8-13, as they are scheduled for a two-game series with the Mets before a four-game set with the Yankees.

Baltimore's season will conclude with two road series, beginning in Boston from September 22-24 before traveling to Toronto from September 25-27.

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Indians pitcher Mike Clevinger to miss start, quarantine after breaking team protocol

Indians pitcher Mike Clevinger to miss start, quarantine after breaking team protocol

A day after it was reported that Cleveland Indians pitcher Zach Plesac was sent home by the team to quarantine after he went out in Chicago on Saturday night with friends, the Indians announced that pitcher Mike Clevinger was sent home on Monday for violating team protocols as well.

Clevinger was set to start on Tuesday against the Chicago Cubs, but will now be replaced by Adam Plutko.

ESPN's Jeff Passan reported that Clevinger was with Plesac on Saturday night in Chicago, but then flew with the team on Sunday. While Clevinger's quarantine is not specified, Plesac is reportedly quarantining for 72 hours and facing testing every day. 

Plesac and Clevinger's decision to break protocol is shocking for multiple reasons, besides the fact that it puts themselves and others in danger. The first is that MLB has tightened up its regulations as of late in order to try and limit players' exposure to the outside world. That leads to the second factor, which is that multiple teams have dealt with outbreaks that have postponed games.

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The Miami Marlins missed several games after positive tests impacted half of the roster, and the St. Louis Cardinals have now missed upwards of 15 games as they continue to delay a restart after members of the organization tested positive.

A Major League Baseball season during a pandemic was always going to provide problems, but just a few weeks into the campaign, the league continues to receive blow after blow.

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On This Day in History: Cal Ripken Makes His Orioles Debut

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On This Day in History: Cal Ripken Makes His Orioles Debut

The Orioles organization forever changed 39 years ago today, as Cal Ripken, Jr. made his Major League debut at Memorial Stadium on August 10, 1981.

A work stoppage had interrupted the 1981 season, causing the cancellation of 38% of the MLB schedule that year. When play resumed, Baltimore called up its 2nd round pick from the 1978 draft, and Ripken immediately made an impact (on the base paths!)

“Wow, 39 years went by fast!” Ripken wrote on Monday. “I still remember getting the news and driving to Baltimore from Rochester.. what an exciting time. Scored the winning run against the Royals as a pinch runner too. Great memory!”

Cal was inserted as a pinch runner for Ken Singleton in the 12th inning against the Royals and would come around to score on a single by John Lowenstein. It was the first of 1,647 runs he would score over his 21-year career with the O’s. Ripken would get his first big league start the two days later in the 2nd game of a doubleheader against Kansas City and would appear in 23 total games that season. His historic consecutive games streak would not begin until May 30th, 1982 and would continue all the way until September 19, 1998.

The Ironman’s resume speaks for itself: Rookie of the Year in 1982, World Series champion in 1983, 2-time MVP, 2-time Gold Glover, 8-time Silver Slugger and a 19-time All-Star selection. That Hall-of-Fame career began 39 years ago today as a pinch runner in the 12th inning.

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