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MLB notes: Orioles to play in closed stadium

The Baltimore Orioles will play the Chicago White Sox this afternoon at Camden Yards in a rare Major League Baseball game closed to the public, a decision that followed rioting in Baltimore.

The announcement of the closed-doors game came after the Orioles postponed games against Chicago on Monday and Tuesday. The start of Wednesday’s game was moved up five hours to 2:05 p.m.

The weekend series against Tampa Bay was shifted from Camden Yards to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, with Baltimore remaining the home team.

The postponed games against the White Sox will be made up with a doubleheader on May 28.

Gibson diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease

Kirk Gibson has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

The 1988 National League MVP was fired in September as manager of the Diamondbacks after four-plus seasons. He now calls Tigers games for Fox Sports Detroit, but Gibson had not been in the broadcast booth since opening day April 6 while undergoing tests.

“I have faced many different obstacles in my life, and have always maintained a strong belief that no matter the circumstances, I could overcome those obstacles,” he said Tuesday in a statement through the network.

Clearing the bases

Nationals ace Max Scherzer says he might miss just one start with a sprained right thumb. Scherzer, who was injured while batting last week, had his turn against Atlanta skipped on Tuesday night. The Nationals, who entered on a six-game losing streak, recalled A.J. Cole from Triple-A Syracuse to make his first big league start. Rafael Martin was optioned to Syracuse to make room for Cole on the 25-man roster. … The Red Sox recalled outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. from Triple-A Pawtucket and sent right-hander Steven Wright down to the International League. Bradley was hitting .315 in 18 games at Pawtucket. He played 127 games for Boston last year. … Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is going to be out at least a month because of tendinitis in his right wrist and a mild right forearm strain. … Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco was held out of the starting lineup Tuesday night against the Chicago Cubs because of a left groin injury. … The Reds are considering surgery for Homer Bailey’s pitching elbow, a significant setback to a team already struggling with its staff. An MRI on Monday found a sprained ligament. Bailey went on the 15-day disabled. … Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland has been scratched from the starting lineup because of tightness in his left elbow. After missing two games last week with soreness in his left elbow, Moreland said an MRI then showed a bone chip. … Injury-prone left fielder Carl Crawford has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Dodgers after an MRI revealed a tear in his right oblique. The team recalled infielder-outfielder Kike Hernandez from Triple-A Oklahoma. … Shortstop Jed Lowrie was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Astros with a torn ligament in his right thumb.

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