SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles confirmed that today’s game with the Rays has been canceled due to rain and there is no makeup date.
That’s the difference between “postponed” and “canceled.” They don’t reschedule Grapefruit League games.
Fans holding paid tickets may exchange them for any of the remaining spring games at Ed Smith Stadium, subject to availability, or obtain a refund.
Also, today’s OriolesREACH Food Drive to benefit All Faiths Food Bank has been rescheduled for the March 27 game against the Rays at 7:05 p.m.
On non-game days, tickets may be exchanged at the stadium box office from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. On the day of a game, beginning two hours prior to game time, tickets may be exchanged for that game only at the ticket windows. Fans who would like to exchange their tickets for a prime game will be required to pay the difference in cost.
To obtain a refund for paid tickets, fans should send the original game tickets via certified mail to:
March 6 Spring Training Rainout
Ed Smith Stadium
2700 12th Street
Sarasota, FL 34237
The refund check for the face value of the tickets will be mailed from Baltimore within six to eight weeks. Tickets must be postmarked no later than 30 days after today’s date.
Today’s scheduled starter, Miguel Gonzalez, could throw inside the batting cage or be used in Friday’s game. We haven’t heard from manager Buck Showalter.
Suk-min Yoon is still scheduled to obtain his work visa Monday in Ottawa. He hasn’t been told whether he’s going to pitch in a simulated game this weekend.
Yoon can’t pitch in a game with paid attendance until he’s got a visa.
“It’s been kind of difficult. I’ve been ready for quite some time,” he said through his interpreter.
Asked whether he’s ready for the regular season despite being behind the other pitchers, Yoon replied, “I feel like I’m completely ready.”
What has Yoon learned during his time in camp?
“The one thing I’ve noticed is the atmosphere is a lot better here,” he said. “And the players here, they take it upon themselves to work out individually for their weaknesses, so that’s been the biggest difference for me.”
Update: Ubaldo Jimenez is still scheduled to make his debut on Friday against the Phillies at Ed Smith Stadium. No word on the Orioles’ plans for Gonzalez.
Update II: Gonzalez will pitch in Friday’s game. Jimenez gets the start, and Gonzalez and left-hander Brian Matusz will work in relief.