After an exceptionally long winter and shortened spring, Orioles baseball is back.
The Orioles play their first game of the 2022 season Friday against the Tampa Bay Rays, opening a 162-game slate that for a time didn’t seem as if it would reach that tally. Like all teams, Baltimore waited out Major League Baseball’s 99-day lockout this offseason before major league players could report to spring training, which was two weeks shorter than normal. The result was a delayed opening day and a handful of games crammed into the schedule, but it’s a grand improvement from 2020′s 60-game schedule amid the coronavirus pandemic, the effects of which lingered into the early portion of 2021.
“It’s the first time in three years that we felt like we’ve got real, unrestricted baseball…
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