Showalter and Simon suspended

Buck Showalter will serve a one-game suspension tonight after being ejected from yesterday’s game. Bench coach Jeff Datz will run the show. Showalter also was fined an undisclosed amount.

Alfredo Simon was suspended three games and fined an undisclosed amount for throwing at Toronto’s Jose Bautista. However, he’s appealing the suspension and is available to pitch tonight.


Blue Jays pitcher Shaun Marcum was fined an undisclosed amount for throwing at Luke Scott.

As far as I know, I haven’t been fined an undisclosed amount for reporting on all these fines.

It’s that time of the year again. The Orioles begin their final homestand on Thursday before everyone scatters for the winter, which means an extended Fan Appreciation Weekend - since, you know, the weekend doesn’t usually begin on Thursday.

During each game of the series against the Detroit Tigers, nine fans will be randomly selected to take the field and stand with an Orioles player during the National Anthem. On Sunday, the Orioles will randomly select nine Junior Orioles Dugout Club Members for this event.

During each game of the series, the Orioles will have locations set up around the ballpark where fans can make a donation to the Orioles Charitable Foundation and receive a grab bag in exchange. Inside each grab bag, fans will have the opportunity to win either a baseball autographed by a current or former Orioles player, or the opportunity to go on the field following Sunday’s game to receive a shirt off the back of one of the current Orioles. The “Shirts Off Our Backs” ceremony will immediately follow the 1:35 p.m. game on Sunday, when each winner will receive a game-worn and autographed jersey of an Orioles player.

During the first three games of the series, the Orioles will randomly select one fan who will have the opportunity to go on the field in the middle of the fifth inning and “Steal Second Base.” The fan will run from the warning track by the bullpen to second base, grab the bag and bring it back to the warning track. The selected fan will receive an Orioles jersey and also win a game-used base.

During each game of the series, the fan that is chose as “Fan of the Game” before the bottom of the fifth inning on the Orioles video board will receive an “Ultimate Orioles Prize Pack” featuring a pair of 2011 Opening Day tickets, an Orioles batting practice visit, Orioles autographed memorabilia and Orioles giveaway items.

OriolesREACH will hold a silent auction during each game of the series on the main concourse at Gate D, beginning when gates to the park open. The auction will last until 8:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, and until 3 p.m. on Sunday and will feature sports memorabilia, collectibles and unique experience packages. The auction will benefit the Baltimore Orioles Charitable Foundation.

On Sunday, the Orioles encourage all Junior Orioles Dugout Club members to wear either a Halloween costume or their favorite orange and black outfit for a chance to be randomly selected to win prizes throughout the day. The Orioles are also asking kids to bring their own Trick-O-Treat bag or bucket, as there will be stations set up throughout the ballpark where they can collect goodies and candy.

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