BALTIMORE (CBS Tampa/AP) — The Baltimore Orioles postponed a second straight game against the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday after a night of rioting near Camden Yards.
Public schools were shut, and Baltimore’s mayor imposed a 10 p.m.-to-5 a.m. curfew.
The Orioles called off the game after consulting with Major League Baseball, and state and local officials.
Wednesday’s game will now be played at 2:05 p.m. and will be closed to the public. No fans will be admitted into the game.[tweet https://twitter.com/Orioles/status/593126128891531264 width=’330′]
No makeup dates were announced. The White Sox were in town for a three-game series that had been slated to start Monday, and it was their only planned visit on the schedule.
The upcoming weekend series against the Tampa Bay Rays will now be played at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, instead of Camden Yards.[tweet https://twitter.com/Orioles/status/593126030761664512 width=’330′]
Monday’s game was postponed around 40 minutes before the scheduled 7:05 p.m. start. The decision came after riots broke out following the funeral of Freddie Gray, who died April 19 of spinal cord and other injuries sustained while in police custody. Tuesday’s game, also scheduled for 7:05, was called off shortly after 11 a.m.
Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred was in Baltimore on Monday for a trip that was planned long ago. He took part in the decision to postpone Monday’s game.
“All I want to say about that is we are looking at every possible alternative in terms of completing the schedule in a timely way and making sure the games are played in a security situation that is safe for the fans,” he said Monday night. “We are going to look at every alternative at this point.”
That included the possibility of moving the series to Nationals Park in Washington.
Such a move would not be unprecedented.
In 1992, the Dodgers had four games postponed in Los Angeles following the Rodney King verdict.
In 1967, the Orioles and Tigers had a game postponed because of riots in Detroit. The next two games were shifted to Baltimore.
Also Tuesday, the uneasy situation also caused the Baltimore Ravens to cancel an NFL draft party for fans at M&T Bank Stadium on Thursday night.
The team said the decision was made “out of respect to the curfew.”