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Archive for Tuesday, July 24, 2001

Orioles, Rangers agree to makeup schedule

July 24, 2001

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— The Baltimore Orioles and Texas Rangers will play an extra game this week, then play Monday to make up games postponed by a train derailment at Camden Yards.

Two games were postponed last week after a freight train carrying hazardous materials derailed in a tunnel several hundred yards from the stadium. The postponements occurred during the Rangers' final scheduled trip to Baltimore this season.

The teams voted Monday to play a twi-night doubleheader in Arlington on Wednesday starting at 5:05 p.m. CDT and a single game in Baltimore next Monday night at 8:05 p.m. EDT.

"We are disappointed for Orioles' fans that we were unable to reschedule both of the games here in Baltimore," Orioles chief operating officer Joe Foss said. "However, the complexity of the major league baseball schedule, with the travel and the availability of alternate dates that were acceptable to all parties simply would not allow that happen."

Baltimore outfielder Brady Anderson said the teams were given two options: play successive doubleheaders in Texas this week, or play one doubleheader in Texas and make up the other game next Monday night at Camden Yards.

"It's difficult whenever you have to play a doubleheader, particularly a split doubleheader," Anderson said. "There's also financial considerations at stake, and fans who want to see games in Baltimore."

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