The Orioles don't play many weekday afternoon games anymore. This season, the club has only four home games during the week that start before the usual 7:05 p.m. first pitch -- two on Mondays and two on Wednesdays. Assuming you're either already off work for the season opener Monday (3/31) or aren't going to the game, that eliminates one. And on Labor Day (Sept. 1 against the Minnesota Twins at 1:35 p.m.), most people will already have an off day. That leaves two options to pretend you have a fever and skip a day of work for a baseball game -- April 16 against the Tampa Bay Rays or May 14 against the Detroit Tigers. Both games start at 12:35 p.m. It's possible that Orioles fans could see one or two of the past three AL Cy Young Award winners during those afternoon games -- Tampa Bay's David Price (2012) in April, and Detroit's Justin Verlander (2011) or Max Scherzer (2013) a month later. And both teams should be among the best in the AL this year, so hopefully you will see competitive games.
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