Wednesday, June 20, 2018
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Orioles rest CF Jones due to rib cage injury

BALTIMORE — Orioles CF Adam Jones has soreness in his rib cage and was not in the starting lineup Thursday night against Minnesota.

Manager Buck Showalter said Jones felt pain after his final at-bat in Wednesday's 4-2 win over the Twins. He wants to play, according to Showalter, who says, "I just thought it would be smart to give him a day."

Jones, 30, is a three-time All Star known for his durability. Last season, however, a variety of injuries limited him to 137 games. Before that, Jones played in 162 games in 2012, 160 in 2013 and 159 in 2014.

The injury isn't expected to keep him sidelined for long.

Showalter says Jones has "discomfort there in the rib cage area that we hope can manage in a day." It was unclear whether he would be available for tonight's game against the Rays.

Jones was unavailable for comment.

NL FLAG DAY: The last recollection the Mets have from Citi Field is losing the World Series to the Royals after squandering a late lead in Game 5. Time to make some new memories.

Eager to celebrate a scintillating 2015 season with their rejuvenated fans, the Mets face Philadelphia in their home opener this afternoon. Former pennant-winning stars Rusty Staub, John Franco and Edgardo Alfonzo will be on hand to hoist the NL banner during a pregame ceremony.

"I can't wait," C Travis d'Arnaud said. "To be in front of the best fans in the world and to be able to share a great year last year with all of them and to see that flag go up is going to be pretty magical."

But the Mets' captain wants the celebration to short-lived.

"We need to start worrying about this year," 3B David Wright said. "Guys are pumped to be here, guys are ready to get the season under way, playing every day."

Red Sox-Indians PPD: The game between the Red Sox and Indians was postponed because of weather. Rain fell in the Cleveland area most of the day, and the forecast called for a chance of snow with temperatures falling into the 30s. No makeup date was announced. The season opener slated for Monday also was postponed by inclement conditions. That game was made up Tuesday.

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