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Rainout gives beleaguered rotation a break

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Mother Nature is an Orioles fan this season.

For the second time in four games, the injury-plagued Orioles had a postponement. A makeup date for Tuesday's scheduled game at Yankee Stadium was not immediately announced.

Because of the rainout, Tuesday's scheduled starter -- Chris Tillman -- has been bumped back to Wednesday. He'll pitch instead of Brad Bergesen, who was scheduled to be recalled from Class AAA Norfolk to make a spot start Wednesday. Jake Arrieta remains in line to start Thursday's series finale.

There's no guarantee the Orioles and Yankees will play Wednesday, either, with more rain in the forecast.

If that's the case, either Tillman or Arrieta could throw in the bullpen if a doubleheader is not held Thursday.

Bergesen, meanwhile, is in limbo. The club won't need a fifth starter until Sunday, provided there are no further rainouts. Bergesen was optioned to Norfolk on Saturday, and he would have to remain there for 10 days unless an injury leads to a roster move.

The club was prepared to place J.J. Hardy on the disabled list prior to Wednesday's game, opening a spot for Bergesen to rejoin the club. There are no other clear-cut options for Sunday's starter outside of Bergesen.

Manager Buck Showalter said of the situation: "We're kind of in our sixth and seventh starter depth at a very early point."

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