Five months of winter are not kind to dirt surfaces, even the perpetually groomed and manicured playing field at Camden Yards. But Sherry, in her fourth year caring for the Orioles' home field, says the attention of some extra ground crew in the days leading up to the home opener has brought conditions back up to standards, removing debris that worked itself to the surface.
"The field's great. It's ready to play," she said.
Read more from Baltimore Sun reporter Robert Little on the Orioles Insider blog.
Trembley backs closer Gonzalez Updated 10:15 a.m.:
And you thought George Sherrill made things interesting.
Two outings into his Orioles career, closer Michael Gonzalez has retired only four of the 11 hitters he has faced in going 1-for-2 in save opportunities. He escaped a bases-loaded, two-out jam last night after blowing a one-run Orioles lead on Opening Day.
During that span, he has allowed four hits and three walks while striking out three.
Read more on The Baltimore Sun's Orioles Insider blog.
Traffic and weather for today's game Updated 10:03 a.m.:
The following streets will have parking restrictions due to today's Orioles home opener:
• North side of Pratt Street from Greene to Paca streets;
• South side of Pratt Street from Emory to Paca streets;
• East side of Greene Street from Lombard Street to Washington Boulevard;
• West side of Greene Street from Lombard to Pratt streets;
• North side of Conway Street from Charles to Sharp streets;
• North side of Bayard Street from Warner to Russell streets.
The department also warned drivers to watch for pedestrians before and after the game. The following road closures will be in effect:
• Eutaw Street from Camden to Pratt streets;
• Camden Street from Paca to Howard streets;
• Washington Boulevard from Paca to Greene streets;
• The Hamburg Street bridge from Russell to Leadenhall streets.
Read more on traffic conditions and today's weather forecast from Baltimore Sun reporter Liz F. Kay
Home opener activities schedule Updated 7:25 a.m.:
The Orioles open their 19th season at Camden Yards today. Ballpark activities include roving musical groups that will perform on Eutaw Street and the main concourses and pre-game ceremonies to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Orioles' second World Series victory.
For more information on the activities scheduled, go here.