- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 15, 2001

BALTIMORE Major League Baseball announced plans yesterday to make up most of this week's postponed games Oct. 2-7, thereby pushing back each round of the postseason one week.

The precise dates and times for the Baltimore Orioles' seven makeup games, however, will not be determined until next week.

Although the decision to play lost games exactly three weeks after originally scheduled for example, games from Thursday, Sept. 13, will be made up on Thursday, Oct. 4 was an easy one for most of baseball, the Orioles' situation is complicated by three factors:

• Most teams have six games to make up, but the Orioles have seven because they were due to play a day-night doubleheader today against the Boston Red Sox, a byproduct of an Aug. 10 rainout at Camden Yards.

• The altered schedule means that retiring star Cal Ripken will play the final game of his career at home against the Red Sox, not at New York's Yankee Stadium. Orioles officials want to make sure the eventual final game of the season is scheduled for a date and time that will best serve fans, the team's planned celebration and national television interests.

• The Baltimore Ravens are scheduled to play across the street from Camden Yards on Sunday, Oct. 7, at 1 p.m., and due to parking constraints, the Orioles likely couldn't start a game that evening until the undesirable time of 8 or 9 p.m.

Given the logistical problems of playing at home the same day as the Ravens, the Orioles would prefer to play the games Monday through Saturday [the rest of baseball will go Tuesday to Sunday], with the season finale at 7:05 p.m. to make the most of the Ripken celebration.

That might not sit well with Fox Sports, though, which holds the national TV rights to Saturday afternoon games and almost certainly would want to carry Ripken's last game.

Also complicating matters is the fact that Boston's game against the Yankees on Monday was rained out and has not yet been rescheduled.

The Orioles continue to urge fans to hold onto tickets from any of the postponed games (Sept. 11-13 vs. Toronto, Sept. 14-16 vs. Boston) until final plans are announced. Each lost game will correspond with a makeup game, likely in chronological order.

That means tickets for the Sept. 16 game against the Red Sox probably would be good for Ripken's finale.

Baltimore's Sept. 21-23 home series against the Yankees will continue as planned. Fox announced yesterday that it will televise the Sept. 22 game, which now will begin at 1:25 p.m.

The American and National League Division Series, originally scheduled to begin Oct. 2, will be pushed back one week, as will both leagues' championship series and the World Series. A seventh game of the World Series wouldn't be played until Nov. 4, the latest date ever.


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