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Trey Mancini, Orioles partner with Colorectal Cancer Alliance to raise awareness for colon cancer

Trey Mancini, Orioles partner with Colorectal Cancer Alliance to raise awareness for colon cancer

Trey Mancini is partnering with the Colorectal Cancer Alliance to help raise awareness for colon cancer, the team announced in a press release on Thursday.

Mancini, who was diagnosed with stage-III colon cancer in March, will also join the Colorectal Cancer Alliance's “Never Too Young” advisory board. The Orioles' outfielder will help provide support for other patients and survivors who were diagnosed at a young age. 

“I’ve learned firsthand that colon cancer doesn’t discriminate when it comes to age. One in ten colorectal cancer patients are diagnosed before age 50. While I never thought I would be in this position, I am fortunate to have a platform that allows me to help others. I’m looking forward to partnering with the Colorectal Cancer Alliance to raise awareness and help support my fellow fighters," Mancini said.

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In addition to Mancini's efforts, the entire Orioles' organization will be working to raise awareness and funds by selling #F16HT t-shirts for $25. All proceeds will go to the Colorectal Cancer Alliance and will help patients and Family Support Services. The shirts can be purchased at Orioles.com/Auctions

“We are pleased to partner with Trey and the Orioles organization to help raise awareness about young-onset colorectal cancer,” Michael Sapienza, CEO of the Colorectal Cancer Alliance, said. “We just released our annual Never Too Young Survey Report that highlights the sad reality that diagnoses among those under 50 are on the rise, and our younger population is being misdiagnosed or their symptoms overlooked in the exam room. Trey's willingness to share his story and use his platform to advocate and bring awareness will go a long way in saving lives.” 

Mancini is currently still undergoing treatment, and while he stated in April that he most likely won't be playing baseball this season, the 2019 Most Valuable Oriole still hopes to take the field for the 2020 MLB season if the campaign continues to be extended as a deal has yet to be agreed upon.

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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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