Kemp settles in with new team, reunited with Irvin


Infielder Tony Kemp didn’t have a team to play for Sunday and decided to join a close friend at a baby shower in Indiana. Hang out for a while. Take his mind away from being in professional limbo after the Reds granted his release and put him back on the free agent market.

Kemp was headed to the party destination when his agent called to notify him of the Orioles’ interest, that the sides had engaged in talks. A deal seemed imminent.

“Once we heard about it, we were pretty excited,” he said.

The Orioles have signed Kemp to a major league contract that pays $1 million, and he’s at this evening’s workout at Camden Yards.

“Just being in the situation right here, it’s a great opportunity,” he said. “This team has a lot of good value to them, a lot of young talent, and especially playing against these guys you can kind of understand the direction that they’re going in, and I’m excited to be a part of the club that is going for a championship.”

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Orioles cancel fan rally at Camden Yards after Francis Scott Key bridge collapse


The Orioles called off their fan rally at Camden Yards scheduled for later today, in response to the early-morning collapse of the Francis Scott Key bridge.

Fans were invited to watch the workout and participate in a question-and-answer session with Orioles executive vice president/general manager Mike Elias and manager Brandon Hyde. A free ticket was required to gain entrance, with the event beginning at 6 p.m.

The team issued a statement on social media.

“In light of today’s tragedy, tonight’s open workout and rally for fans is cancelled. Our thoughts are with Baltimore.”

Media will have clubhouse access for 50 minutes beginning at 5 p.m. and the press box will be open.

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