O's to open vs. A's, host Astros, Rockies in '05

ORIOLES NOTEBOOK

In tentative schedule, O's closing at Tampa Bay

October 03, 2004|By Joe Christensen and Jeff Zrebiec | Joe Christensen and Jeff Zrebiec,SUN STAFF

The Orioles will finish the season today the same way they started it, with a home game against the Boston Red Sox, whose fans have a way of taking over Camden Yards.

Next year's schedule offers a little more variety, at least.

According to a tentative copy of the American League schedule, obtained yesterday by The Sun, the Orioles will open the season on Monday, April 4, with a home game against the Oakland Athletics.

They'll close their season with a three-game series at Tampa Bay, ending Oct. 2. In between, they'll still play their 19 games against the Red Sox and New York Yankees, of course.

The schedule is still subject to change, but after their season-opening series against Oakland, the Orioles are slated to begin a six-game road trip to New York and Tampa Bay.

The Yankees make their first visit to Camden Yards on April 15, and the Red Sox come in for two games April 20.

The interleague schedule won't pit the Orioles against their new neighbors from Washington.

The Orioles will face two of the Expos' NL East rivals again, however, with the Philadelphia Phillies coming to Camden Yards for a three-game series beginning May 20, and the Orioles playing three games in Atlanta, starting June 24.

The Houston Astros and Colorado Rockies are the other two NL teams scheduled to play at Camden Yards, and the Orioles will make interleague road trips to Pittsburgh and Cincinnati.

If the Orioles are in the pennant race, the late-season schedule would be interesting, as they play a six-game homestand against the Yankees and Red Sox, beginning Sept. 19, then play four games at Yankee Stadium before finishing the season at Tampa Bay.

Bauer to start finale

Manager Lee Mazzilli announced that Rick Bauer will start today's season finale on three days' rest.

Bauer started Game 2 of Wednesday's doubleheader against Toronto, pitching six shutout innings for his first big league win as a starter.

"I am looking at it as an opportunity," Bauer said. "They must have a lot of confidence to bring me back early for one [game], and No. 2, just to give me another opportunity."

Around the horn

After being removed from the starting rotation and told he likely would be shut down for the rest of the season, Erik Bedard pitched four innings in Game 1, giving up just two hits and no earned runs. It was his first appearance since Sept. 8. ... ... With his seventh-inning double in Game 1, Rafael Palmeiro moved past Dave Winfield and into 11th place on baseball's all-time total base list with 5,222. ... Red Sox DH Ellis Burks played in his 2,000th game.

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