Will Simmons walks his dog, Lulu, through Federal Hill Park, in Baltimore. Air quality in Baltimore remains at dangerous levels due to smoke from Canadian wildfires blanketing the city on Thursday, June 8, 2023.
Will Simmons walks his dog, Lulu, through Federal Hill Park, in Baltimore. Air quality in Baltimore remains at dangerous levels due to smoke from Canadian wildfires blanketing the city on Thursday, June 8, 2023. (Jessica Gallagher/The Baltimore Banner)

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The Orioles are hopeful their three-game series that starts tomorrow in Baltimore against the Kansas City Royals will go on as scheduled despite the poor air quality from the Canadian wildfires.

“We will continue to monitor with Major League Baseball but we hope to play all games as scheduled this weekend,” a team spokesman told The Baltimore Banner on Thursday.

The Orioles and Royals are set to play Friday at 7:05 p.m., though it remains unknown how much conditions will improve by then. First pitch for Saturday is slated for 4:05 p.m. while Sunday’s matchup is scheduled for 1:35 p.m.

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Conditions in the Baltimore region worsened Thursday morning as of 6:45 a.m., reaching “very unhealthy” and “hazardous” levels. Baltimore’s air quality is in the red zone, which means the air is unhealthy for all people and there is an increased risk of health effects for everyone.

The smoke from the wildfires has already put a dent in the baseball schedule along the East Coast. On Thursday, the Washington Nationals postponed their home game against the Arizona Diamondbacks due to poor air quality in the region. Two MLB games were canceled Wednesday afternoon — the Yankees vs. White Sox and Phillies vs. Tigers games were both postponed because of the air quality. Both were rescheduled for Thursday, but it’s not known if those games will still continue.

The last time MLB postponed games due to poor air quality was 2020, when two games between the Mariners and Giants were moved to San Francisco’s Oracle Park, instead.

The Orioles are playing the Brewers in Milwaukee today with a 2:05 p.m. start.

This story will be updated.

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Orioles reporter Andy Kostka contributed to this report.

aron.yohannes@thebaltimorebanner.com

Aron Yohannes joined The Baltimore Banner in June 2023 as a reporter. He previously reported on trending topics in sports for The Oregonian. He began his career covering the Milwaukee Bucks from 2012-2016 for SB Nation before working for the Seattle Seahawks from 2016-2018. Aron is Eritrean and a native of the north side of Milwaukee. 

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