Amid protests, Orioles play host to White Sox

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Ubaldo Jimenez tries to bounce back from his first loss of the season on
Tuesday when Baltimore begins what is now a two-game series with the Chicago
White Sox at Camden Yards.

Monday’s opener was postponed after protests in the city turned violent
following the tragic death of 25-year-old Freddy Gray, who died from a spinal
injury while in police custody over a week ago.

“We feel like we made the decision that would provide us the greatest possible
security in terms of protecting the fans, the players, the umpires, everybody
involved in the game,” said MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, who happened to be
in Baltimore on Monday for the planned opener. “I don’t know what more I can
say about it at this point.”

There had been some talk of moving the series to Nationals Park.

Jimenez had been 1-0 through his first two starts and hadn’t allowed a run in
either outing. However, his luck ran out against the Toronto Blue Jays on
Wednesday, as they reached him for four runs and six hits in five innings.

He also walked three batters in the fourth inning.

“I was trying to be too fine,” Jimenez said. “I was trying to nibble too much
around the corners and throwing too many breaking balls and that made me fall

Jimenez has faced the White Sox 10 times and is 2-3 against them with a 5.01

Baltimore took two of three from the Boston Red Sox over the weekend thanks to
an offensive explosion in Sunday’s finale. Chris Davis homered and knocked in
three runs and Delmon Young drove in five, as the Orioles hammered Boston,

“It’s a game we needed because we were playing sloppy baseball for a week or
so,” said Young. “It was good to get out of the rut.”

Troubling, though, is the fact that the Orioles have yet to win a game in
which they’ve scored fewer than four runs this season.

Chicago, meanwhile, won twice on Sunday, as Conor Gillaspie hit the go-ahead
two-run single in a five-run sixth inning which propelled the White Sox over
Kansas City by a 5-3 count.

Adam LaRoche and Tyler Flowers also knocked in runs during the deciding frame
for the White Sox, who swept the brief set on Sunday thanks to a 3-2 victory
in the completion of Friday’s suspended contest to win this rain-shortened
three-game series.

John Danks (1-2) lasted six full frames and allowed three runs on five hits
while striking out eight. David Robertson closed things out on a scoreless
ninth for his third save.

“We came to the ballpark to win two and we got it done,” Danks said.

On Monday, Chicago will hand the ball to righty Jeff Samardzija, who is
currently appealing his five-game suspension for his part in the fracas with
the Kansas City Royals last week.

Samardzija has allowed one run in his last two starts and is 1-1 on the year
with a 3.33 ERA. The Shark picked up his first win with the ChiSox on
Wednesday against Cleveland, limiting the Indians to six hits over six
scoreless innings.

Baltimore won five of six from the White Sox last season.