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Orioles-Dodgers rained out; teams will play two Saturday

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BALTIMORE -- The first game of the Dodgers-Orioles series was postponed because of rain and is going to be made up as part of a split doubleheader on Saturday with the first game starting at 1:05 p.m. and the second game beginning at 7:05 p.m.

This postponement won't affect the pitching match-ups; they'll remain the same. Jason Hammel starts the first game for Baltimore while Hyun-Jiu Ryu will be the Los Angeles pitcher.

The nightcap features Oriole left-hander Wei-Yen Chen going against Josh Beckett.

This is the first time the Orioles and Dodgers have played since 2004 and just the third time they've met since interleague play began. Los Angeles has won five of the six games between the two.

The most famous meeting between the teams came when the Orioles scored a surprising sweep of the Dodgers in the 1966 World Series.

This series is also going to represent a bit of a reunion between the two managers. Orioles' manager Buck Showalter played with Dodgers skipper Don Mattingly in the minors and managed him with the Yankees in the mid-1990s. They've known each other for more than 30 years.

Showalter told several stories about Mattingly on Thursday, and it was easy to see how much he admires his former first baseman.

"I knew I wasn't going to be the left fielder or first baseman for the New York Yankees when I saw him," Showalter said. "He was going to be."

Mattingly also spent some time talking about Showalter before Friday's rain-out, praising his former skipper for having the ability to see who could play the game.

"The view he had on talent was always good," Mattingly said. "He always knew who could play and who couldn't, and he knew how you were supposed to play."

The Orioles were set to use the same lineup Friday night that they went with in Thursday's 10-6 extra-inning win over the Rays since the Dodgers were starting left-hander Ryu. That lineup put left-handed hitting Nate McLouth on the bench, moved Nick Markakis to lead-off and had Steve Pearce as the designated hitter.

For the Dodgers, Carl Crawford (.375) was set to lead off at DH with his .375 average.

Adrian Gonzalez is off to hot start. He entered the weekend with a .407 average plus two homers and 12 RBIs.

Notes: The scheduled Earl Weaver tribute will take place on Saturday before the nightcap of the doubleheader. ... Darren O'Day gave up a homer in Thursday's win over Tampa Bay, and that's the first extra-base hit he's allowed since Sept. 16, 2002. The submarining right-hander has held opposing hitters to a .146 average since then. ... Gonzalez has gotten off to a very fast start this season. He is ranked among the National League's top 10 in several offensive categories, including hits, on-base percentage and RBI. ... This is going to be the first time Los Angeles has played an interleague game in the month of April.
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