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Why aren’t the Orioles playing their home opener today?

The Baltimore Orioles have postponed their scheduled home opener against the New York Yankees to Friday, April 7 due to inclement weather.

The Sun logo and the Baltimore Orioles clock are shown above the Camden Yards scoreboard on Sept. 30, 2021. Ulysses Munoz/The Baltimore Sun/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

With a roster loaded up with young talent, this promised to be among the most anticipated home openers in the history of Camden Yards — but unfortunately, Baltimore Orioles fans are going to have to wait an extra day. The team announced on Wednesday that Baltimore’s home opener against the New York Yankees has been pushed back a day, to Friday, April 7 at 3:05 p.m. ET, due to inclement weather forecasted in the area.

The Orioles’ starting pitching plans were already up in the air after Kyle Bradish had to leave his start against Texas on Tuesday early when he was struck in the foot by a line drive. Tyler Wells came on in long relief, and that opened the door for top prospect Grayson Rodriguez to make his long-awaited MLB debut on Wednesday. Both Dean Kremer and Cole Irvin could now be options to take the hill on Friday.

Clarke Schmidt was scheduled to go for New York on Thursday, and that might still be the plan now in order to give Nestor Cortes an extra day’s rest as he comes back from a hamstring injury that arose during Spring Training.