No cheers for Orioles as Baltimore rolls to 8-2 victory in empty stadium

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BALTIMORE (AP) -- 4:10 p.m.

The game ends, and the song "Orioles Magic" is piped over the loudspeakers as Baltimore celebrates an 8-2 victory in a game that lasted only 2 hours, 3 minutes.

Hmm, maybe playing without fans in the park is actually the best way to speed up a baseball game.

After the handshakes near the mound, both teams retreat to their dugouts on a sun-drenched afternoon.

The integrity of the schedule has been saved, and one of the strangest games in baseball history is over.

And not a single fan left early to beat the traffic.

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Baltimore Orioles pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez delivers a pitch against the Chicago White Sox in the first inning of a baseball game without fans Wednesday, April 29, 2015, in Baltimore. Due to security concerns the game was closed to the public. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)
BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 29: Ubaldo Jimenez #31 of the Baltimore Orioles pitches in the third inning against the Chicago White Sox at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 29, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. The game was played without spectators due to the social unrest in Baltimore. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 29: Chris Davis #19 of the Baltimore Orioles hits a three-run home run in the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 29, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. The game was played without spectators due to the social unrest in Baltimore. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez throws to Chicago White Sox's Adam Eaton in the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, April 29, 2015, in Baltimore. The game was played in an empty Oriole Park at Camden Yards amid unrest in Baltimore over the death of Freddie Gray at the hands of police. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Shown is a section of Oriole Park at Camden Yards stadium just before a Baltimore Orioles baseball game against the Chicago White Sox's, Wednesday, April 29, 2015, in Baltimore. The game was played in an empty stadium amid unrest in Baltimore over the death of Freddie Gray at the hands of police. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Oriole Park at Camden Yards is shown just before a baseball game between the Baltimore Orioles and Chicago White Sox's, Wednesday, April 29, 2015, in Baltimore. The game was played in an empty Oriole Park at Camden Yards amid unrest in Baltimore over the death of Freddie Gray at the hands of police. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 29: A vendor waits for an elevator after removing food from concessions before the Baltimore Orioles play the Chicago White Sox at an empty Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 29, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. Due to unrest in relation to the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, the two teams played in a stadium closed to the public. Gray, 25, was arrested for possessing a switch blade knife April 12 outside the Gilmor Houses housing project on Baltimore's west side. According to his attorney, Gray died a week later in the hospital from a severe spinal cord injury he received while in police custody. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
The Chicago White Sox and Baltimore Orioles play a baseball game, Wednesday, April 29, 2015, in Baltimore. The game was played in an empty Oriole Park at Camden Yards amid unrest in Baltimore over the death of Freddie Gray at the hands of police. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Fans Romeo Santos, left, and Matt Fouse gather ahead of a Baltimore Orioles baseball game against the Chicago White Sox's, Wednesday, April 29, 2015, outside Oriole Park at CamdenYards in Baltimore. The game was played in an empty Oriole Park at Camden Yards amid unrest in Baltimore over the death of Freddie Gray at the hands of police. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Fans view a Baltimore Orioles baseball game against the Chicago White Sox's, Wednesday, April 29, 2015, from outside of Camden Yards in Baltimore. The game was played in an empty Oriole Park at Camden Yards amid unrest in Baltimore over the death of Freddie Gray at the hands of police. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Chicago White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers sits in the dugout of an empty stadium before playing the Baltimore Orioles in a baseball game, Wednesday, April 29, 2015, in Baltimore. Due to security concerns the game was closed to the public. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)
The Baltimore Oriole's play the Chicago White Sox in an empty Oriole Park stadium at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland on April 29, 2015. Riot police in the US city of Baltimore enforced a curfew into the early hours of Wednesday and called it a success, emptying streets scarred by a spasm of rioting and looting. AFP PHOTO/ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS (Photo credit should read Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 29: An entrance sits empty before the Baltimore Orioles play the Chicago White Sox at an empty Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 29, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. Due to unrest in relation to the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, the two teams played in a stadium closed to the public. Gray, 25, was arrested for possessing a switch blade knife April 12 outside the Gilmor Houses housing project on Baltimore's west side. According to his attorney, Gray died a week later in the hospital from a severe spinal cord injury he received while in police custody. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
A Baltimore Orioles employee drives a empty delivery vehicle through an the stadium before the Chicago White Sox and Baltimore Orioles baseball game, Wednesday, April 29, 2015, in Baltimore. Due to security concerns the game was closed to the public. A state of emergency was issued Monday after riots erupted following the funeral of Freddie Gray.(AP Photo/Gail Burton)
An empty Oriole Park is photographed before the Chicago White Sox and Baltimore Orioles baseball game, Wednesday, April 29, 2015, in Baltimore. Due to security concerns the game was closed to the public.(AP Photo/Gail Burton)
Baltimore Orioles' Everth Cabrera, bottom center, runs toward first base as he doubles in the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Wednesday, April 29, 2015, in Baltimore. Manny Machado scored on the play. The game was played in an empty Oriole Park at Camden Yards amid unrest in Baltimore over the death of Freddie Gray at the hands of police. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 29: The stands are seen empty before the Baltimore Orioles play the Chicago White Sox at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 29, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. Due to unrest in relation to the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, the two teams played in a stadium closed to the public. Gray, 25, was arrested for possessing a switch blade knife April 12 outside the Gilmor Houses housing project on Baltimore's west side. According to his attorney, Gray died a week later in the hospital from a severe spinal cord injury he received while in police custody. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
A National Guard vehicle passes outside Oriole Park at Camden Yards before a baseball game between the Baltimore Orioles and Chicago White Sox Wednesday, April 29, 2015, in Baltimore. The game was played in an emptystadium amid unrest in Baltimore over the death of Freddie Gray at the hands of police. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
An empty Oriole Park is photographed before the Chicago White Sox and Baltimore Orioles baseball game, Wednesday, April 29, 2015, in Baltimore. Due to security concerns the game was closed to the public. A wave of looting and rioting around Camden Yards forced the postponement of the first two games of the series and caused the Baltimore mayor to impose a 10 p.m.-to-5 a.m. curfew. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)
BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 29: The seats are emtpy before the Baltimore Orioles play the Chicago White Sox at an empty Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 29, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. Due to unrest in relation to the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, the two teams played in a stadium closed to the public. Gray, 25, was arrested for possessing a switch blade knife April 12 outside the Gilmor Houses housing project on Baltimore's west side. According to his attorney, Gray died a week later in the hospital from a severe spinal cord injury he received while in police custody. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 29: A sliding door is closed in main concourse before the Baltimore Orioles play the Chicago White Sox at an empty Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 29, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. Due to unrest in relation to the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, the two teams played in a stadium closed to the public. Gray, 25, was arrested for possessing a switch blade knife April 12 outside the Gilmor Houses housing project on Baltimore's west side. According to his attorney, Gray died a week later in the hospital from a severe spinal cord injury he received while in police custody. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 29: An entrance sits empty before the Baltimore Orioles play the Chicago White Sox at an empty Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 29, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. Due to unrest in relation to the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, the two teams played in a stadium closed to the public. Gray, 25, was arrested for possessing a switch blade knife April 12 outside the Gilmor Houses housing project on Baltimore's west side. According to his attorney, Gray died a week later in the hospital from a severe spinal cord injury he received while in police custody. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 29: The attendance board in the press room before the game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Chicago White Sox at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 29, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. The game was played without spectators due to the social unrest in Baltimore. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
The Baltimore Orioles bat against the Chicago White Sox during a baseball game without fans Wednesday, April 29, 2015, in Baltimore. Due to security concerns the game was closed to the public. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)
A sign is seen at a souvenir shop before a baseball game between the Baltimore Orioles and Chicago White Sox, Wednesday, April 29, 2015, near Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore. The game was played in an empty stadium amid unrest in Baltimore over the death of Freddie Gray at the hands of police. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Fans try to get a look as the Baltimore Oriole's play the Chicago White Sox's in an empty Oriole Park stadium at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland on April 29, 2015. Riot police in the US city of Baltimore enforced a curfew into the early hours of Wednesday and called it a success, emptying streets scarred by a spasm of rioting and looting. AFP PHOTO/ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS (Photo credit should read Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 29: The stands are seen empty before the Baltimore Orioles play the Chicago White Sox at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 29, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. Due to unrest in relation to the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, the two teams played in a stadium closed to the public. Gray, 25, was arrested for possessing a switch blade knife April 12 outside the Gilmor Houses housing project on Baltimore's west side. According to his attorney, Gray died a week later in the hospital from a severe spinal cord injury he received while in police custody. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
A man speaks with an attendant at a ticket window at Oriole Park stadium at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland on April 29, 2015, while the Baltimore Oriole's play the Chicago White Sox in an empty Oriole Park stadium. Riot police in the US city of Baltimore enforced a curfew into the early hours of Wednesday and called it a success, emptying streets scarred by a spasm of rioting and looting. AFP PHOTO/ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS (Photo credit should read Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 29: The Baltimore Orioles play the Chicago White Sox in the first inning at an empty Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 29, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. Due to unrest in relation to the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, the two teams played in a stadium closed to the public. Gray, 25, was arrested for possessing a switch blade knife April 12 outside the Gilmor Houses housing project on Baltimore's west side. According to his attorney, Gray died a week later in the hospital from a severe spinal cord injury he received while in police custody. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
A bar showing the baseball game between the Baltimore Orioles and Chicago White Sox sits empty behind center field, Wednesday, April 29, 2015, in Baltimore. Due to security concerns the game was closed to the public. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)
BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 29: The Baltimore Orioles celebrate after a 8-2 victory against the Chicago White Sox at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 29, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. The game was played without spectators due to the social unrest in Baltimore. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 29: Manny Machado #13 of the Baltimore Orioles and teammates walk into the club house after defeating the Chicago White Sox at an empty Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 29, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. Due to unrest in relation to the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, the two teams played in a stadium closed to the public. Gray, 25, was arrested for possessing a switch blade knife April 12 outside the Gilmor Houses housing project on Baltimore's west side. According to his attorney, Gray died a week later in the hospital from a severe spinal cord injury he received while in police custody. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Chicago White Sox pitcher Carlos Rodon delivers against the Baltimore Orioles in the eighth inning of a baseball game in a fan less stadium Wednesday, April 29, 2015, in Baltimore. Due to security concerns the game was closed to the public. A state of emergency was issued Monday after riots erupted following the funeral of Freddie Gray. The Orioles won 8-2. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)
A poster of the Baltimore Orioles mascot is displayed in a store window as a member of the National Guard stands watch at Inner Harbor, Wednesday, April 29, 2015, in Baltimore. Schools reopened across the city and tensions seemed to ease after the first night of curfew without widespread violence many had feared after the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who suffered critical injuries while in police custody. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Chicago White Sox starter Jeff Samardzija delivers against the Baltimore Orioles in the fifth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, April 29, 2015, in Baltimore. Due to security concerns the game was closed to the public. The Orioles won 8-2.(AP Photo/Gail Burton)
Baltimore Orioles right fielder Alejandro De Aza throws the ball to the infield after a base hit by Chicago White Sox Emilio Bonifacio in the ninth inning, Wednesday, April 29, 2015, in Baltimore. Due to security concerns the game was closed to the public. A state of emergency was issued Monday after riots erupted following the funeral of Freddie Gray.(AP Photo/Gail Burton)
Reporters watch from the press box as the Baltimore Orioles and the Chicago White Sox play a baseball game in a fan less stadium Wednesday, April 29, 2015, in Baltimore. Due to security concerns the game was closed to the public. A state of emergency was issued Monday after riots erupted following the funeral of Freddie Gray.(AP Photo/Gail Burton)
BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 29: Fans stand outside of the ballpark as the Baltimore Orioles play the Chicago White Sox at an empty Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 29, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. Due to unrest in relation to the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, the two teams played in a stadium closed to the public. Gray, 25, was arrested for possessing a switch blade knife April 12 outside the Gilmor Houses housing project on Baltimore's west side. According to his attorney, Gray died a week later in the hospital from a severe spinal cord injury he received while in police custody. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 29: Buck Showalter #26 of the Baltimore Orioles talks with home plate umpire Jerry Layne #24 before the ninth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 29, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. The game was played without spectators due to the social unrest in Baltimore. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
In this aerial photo, Oriole Park at Camden Yards sits empty, Tuesday, April 28, 2015, in Baltimore, as unrest that occurred after Freddie Gray's funeral continues into a second day. The Baltimore Orioles postponed Tuesday's baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, and Wednesday's game will be closed to the public, followed rioting in Baltimore. Gray died from spinal injuries about a week after he was arrested and transported in a Baltimore Police Department van. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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4:00 p.m.

Perry Saurers left his mitt at home. He didn't have to worry about dropping his popcorn or spilling a beer trying to catch a foul ball when it zipped his way, either.

Saurers was all alone on the Camden Yards concourse.

Saurers, a police officer from Howard County who was helping the Orioles authenticate memorabilia from the historic game, leisurely walked after loose baseballs that had rolled under the green seats or were resting in the concrete walkways. He was collecting the souvenirs most fans dream of snagging at the ballpark.

The baseballs aren't going to be added to his collection, though. He had to turn them over to MLB's authentication program.

3:49 p.m. The Orioles just proceeded with another baseball tradition: announcing the attendance. For the first time in major league history it went, "Today's official paid attendance is zero."

3:40 p.m.

It's time for the seventh inning stretch - even if there are no fans to stand up and stretch.

The Orioles organist played the ballpark staple "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" to an empty ballpark after the top of the seventh.

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Police stand watch outside Oriole Park at Camden Yards before the game was postponed between the Baltimore Orioles and the Chicago White Sox on April 27, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. The move comes amid violent clashes between police and youths, according to news reports, the aftermath of the death of Freddie Gray on April 19 after suffering a fatal spinal injury while in police custody. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
Police stand watch outside Oriole Park at Camden Yards before the game was postponed between the Baltimore Orioles and the Chicago White Sox on April 27, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. The move comes amid violent clashes between police and youths, according to news reports, the aftermath of the death of Freddie Gray on April 19 after suffering a fatal spinal injury while in police custody. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
Baseball fans hold Freddie Gray demonstration signs at the Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox baseball game, Sunday, April 26, 2015, in Baltimore. Gray, a 25-year-old black man, died a week ago after sustaining serious injuries while in police custody. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)
Fans walk by police outside Oriole Park at Camden Yards before the game was postponed between the Baltimore Orioles and the Chicago White Sox on April 27, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. The move comes amid violent clashes between police and youths, according to news reports, the aftermath of the death of Freddie Gray on April 19 after suffering a fatal spinal injury while in police custody. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
An announcement on the scoreboard notifies fans that the game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Chicago White Sox has been postponed at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 27, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. The move comes amid violent clashes between police and youths, according to news reports, the aftermath of the death of Freddie Gray on April 19 after suffering a fatal spinal injury while in police custody. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
A demonstrator holds out a placard as police officers guard the entrance to Camden Yards and Orioles Park as other march protesting the death Freddie Gray, an African American man who died of spinal cord injuries in police custody, in Baltimore, Maryland, April 25, 2015. Organizers anticipated the biggest outpouring of public anger since Gray, 25, was arrested on April 12. (Photo credit Jim Watson, AFP/Getty Images)
Baseball fans make their way towards Oriole Park at Camden Yards as Baltimore police stand watch, Monday, April 27, 2015, in Baltimore. The baseball game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Chicago White Sox is postponed. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Baltimore city police officers stand at the Russell Street exit after allowing fans to leave the Orioles Boston and the Boston Red Sox baseball game, Saturday, April 25, 2015, in Baltimore. The stadium was locked down due to a rally for Freddie Gray. Gray died April 19 after suffering a fatal spinal injury while in police custody. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)
Protestors pull a barrier down outside of a bar across the street from Oriole Park at Camden Yards after a rally for Freddie Gray, Saturday, April 25, 2015, in Baltimore. Gray died from spinal injuries about a week after he was arrested and transported in a police van. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
A protestor stands on a mailbox outside of Oriole Park at Camden Yards before a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles after a rally for Freddie Gray, Saturday, April 25, 2015, in Baltimore. Gray died from spinal injuries about a week after he was arrested and transported in a police van. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Protestors gather outside of Oriole Park at Camden Yards before a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles after a rally for Freddie Gray, Saturday, April 25, 2015, in Baltimore. Gray died from spinal injuries about a week after he was arrested and transported in a police van. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Protestors rally at Oriole Park at Camden Yards during a march for Freddie Gray, Saturday, April 25, 2015. Gray died from spinal injuries about a week after he was arrested and transported in a police van. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)
Baltimore police officers stand guard outside of Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Monday, April 27, 2015, in Baltimore. The baseball game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Chicago White Sox has been postponed. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Police in helmets stand guard at Camden Yards before an Orioles baseball game after a march to City Hall for Freddie Gray, Saturday, April 25, 2015 in Baltimore. Gray died from spinal injuries about a week after he was arrested and transported in a police van. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
A protestor throws a barricade at a bar near Oriole Park at Camden Yards after a rally for Freddie Gray, Saturday, April 25, 2015, in Baltimore. Gray died from spinal injuries about a week after he was arrested and transported in a police van. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
A protestor, left, fights with a bar patron outside of a bar near Oriole Park at Camden Yards after a rally for Freddie Gray, Saturday, April 25, 2015, in Baltimore. Gray died from spinal injuries about a week after he was arrested and transported in a police van. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
A protestor throws a chair at a restaurant near Oriole Park at Camden Yards as a woman tries to stop him after a rally for Freddie Gray, Saturday, April 25, 2015, in Baltimore. Gray died from spinal injuries about a week after he was arrested and transported in a police van. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
A bar patron, in red, confronts protestors outside of a bar near Oriole Park at Camden Yards after a rally for Freddie Gray, Saturday, April 25, 2015, in Baltimore. Gray died from spinal injuries about a week after he was arrested and transported in a police van. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Protestors confront a patron outside of a bar across the street from Oriole Park at Camden Yards after a rally for Freddie Gray, Saturday, April 25, 2015, in Baltimore. Gray died from spinal injuries about a week after he was arrested and transported in a police van. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
An empty Oriole Park at Camden Yards is shown after the game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Chicago White Sox was postponed on April 27, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. The move comes amid violent clashes between police and youths, according to news reports, the aftermath of the death of Freddie Gray on April 19 after suffering a fatal spinal injury while in police custody. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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3:19 p.m.

Manny Machado drives a pitch from Jeff Samardzija into the bullpen to put the Orioles ahead 8-2 in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Baltimore's third baseman takes a casual trot around the bases while fans assembled beyond the center-field gate cheer.

Under normal circumstances, fans would be heading to the concession stands as the fifth inning ends. But that's not happening. For one, the concessions stands are closed. More importantly, there are no fans. Not in the seating bowl, anyway.

3:16 p.m.

Orioles first baseman Chris Davis caught a throw from second baseman Ray Navarro on Micah Johnson's grounder for the final out of the top of the fifth inning. Standard baseball play. Davis then took a few steps toward the Orioles dugout on the first base side and underhand tossed the ball about a dozen rows into the empty stands, clattering in the seats. The O's are having a little fun with a 7-2 lead.

2:50 p.m.

Chicago second baseman Micah Johnson gets the relay throw from right fielder Avisail Garcia, and those around shout "No!" as he turns to make a throw to the plate.

That's because Everth Cabrera has stopped at third base.

These are the things the fans don't usually hear at the game. That, and an infielder yelling, "I got it!" as the outfielder closes in.

The crack of the bat sounds louder, too, perhaps because it's not accompanied by the sound of a vendor hawking hot dogs.

2:41 p.m.

Van Halen "Ain't Talking `bout Love" between the second and third innings.

They're playing music as the teams go from the field to the dugout. But the Crab Shuffle and some of the other silly games that usually are usually displayed on the Camden Yards scoreboard are getting a rest today.

No replays, either.

Those in the press box might be horrified if they opted to run the "Kiss Cam," but it appears that's not going to happen.

2:35 p.m.

Adam Jones says the game needs to be played, but Baltimore needs to heal first.

The Orioles outfielder said Wednesday that's what's most important to him as his team plays the White Sox without a crowd at Camden Yards.

Baltimore's home broadcaster MASN-HD cut to comments by Jones during the top of the second inning, as Ubaldo Jimenez tried to protect a 6-0 lead.

Jones says he hopes the Baltimore community and its children stay strong, get guidance and heed the messages of city leaders.

2:20 p.m.

There weren't any fans in the ballpark, but there was cheering from beyond the center-field wall when Chris Davis hit a three-run homer to give Baltimore a 4-0 lead in the first inning.

Fans watched from behind the iron gate that stands behind the flag court. When Davis' drive cleared the right-field wall, they yelled their approval.

In addition, fans were lined up on the deck of a hotel that overlooks the stadium.

On another note, Davis' home run bounced around in front of the warehouse without any fan in pursuit.

The same applied for foul balls, which remained in the stands without being retrieved.

2:05 p.m.

The public address announcer at Camden Yards announced the playing of national anthem, informing "ladies and gentlemen" what was to follow.

A recorded version was played while the White Sox stood in a line outside their dugout and the Orioles stood at attention in their dugout.

A custom in Baltimore is shouting "O!" when the song reaches "O say can you see?"

No one did it, although one person in the press box carried on the tradition by saying it under his breath.

At the time, the only people in the stands were a couple of scouts behind the plate.

1:45 p.m.

With media buzzing over the deserted game, Camden Yards may as well have been setting up for a playoff game, with all 92 seats in the press box full. TV camera crews lined the field and are stationed outside the ballpark.

But the grandstands are as vacant as they are in the offseason.

The usually teeming concourse was barren and the concession stands selling $15 crabcakes, $6.50 crab soups and $8 canned beers were locked up.

And those signs cautioning fans to "Watch Out for Batted Balls" were pointless for a day.

12:10 p.m.

Managers of the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees say players in a closed-door game in Baltimore will have to adjust from their usual habits of feeding off a crowd.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi and Rays manager Kevin Cash say the atmosphere will certainly be odd.

Said Girardi: "This is going back to the days where just your parents showed up on a cold day."

The lineup board in the Orioles' clubhouse says it all: In the attendance section there's a round "0" in orange marker. Just beneath it under "total attendance" the number read 299,598, an average of nearly 33,300 fans through nine games.

Cash, whose team was visiting the Yankees in New York, said teams "sometimes feed off the opposing crowd when you're going in an opposing city."

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12 p.m.

Being locked out of Camden Yards didn't stop a small gathering of Orioles fans from peering through a fence beyond the bleacher seats in left-center field.

One Orioles fan yelled: "Let us in!"

No such luck.

While watching batting practice from about 450 feet away on Eutaw Street, fan Larry Marsh said that he wishes he was inside, but thinks officials did the right thing in closing the game. He says: "I'm just going to stand here and watch as long as I can."

The game is believed to be the first held in an empty stadium in the 145-year history of the major leagues.

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11:30 p.m.

White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton created quite a stir on twitter with a playful tweet during a difficult time in Baltimore: "We are gonna do our best to take the crowd out of it early. Wish us luck..." The line was retweeted almost 4,000 times and garnered many comments, positive and negative.

To Eaton's credit, unlike many stars who delete a controversial post, he left it on his feed but added another: "Take it easy people. Just trying to lighten the mood. I have the up most respect for Baltimore and its people. Always have, always will."

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10:30 a.m.

Only one gate to Camden Yards is open, allowing media in to watch the Orioles play the White Sox in a game fans aren't allowed to attend.

The press box is nearly filled 3 1/2 hours before the scheduled first pitch on Wednesday.

While all other gates are locked, a grounds crew is prepping the field to ensure this one-of-a-kind game will actually be played.

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred says the league's adjustment to rioting and looting around Camden Yards takes into account the safety of the people who would be in the stadium and competitive issues.

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8 a.m.

The first crowdless major league game will have plenty of viewers on TV and online.

MLB has made the Orioles-White Sox game being played Wednesday in an empty Camden Yards its free game of the day on MLB.TV. The streaming service will carry the game for fans outside the Baltimore and Chicago markets, where the games will be televised.

Broadcasters WPWR-HD in Chicago and MASN-HD in Baltimore are producing the games and will have to adjust to the lack of ambience normally highlighted to give viewers at home a sense of atmosphere.

Baseball officials decided to play the games behind closed doors because of a wave of looting and rioting around Camden Yards that broke out amid tensions between residents and police. The turmoil prompting a citywide curfew came hours after the funeral of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who sustained a fatal spinal cord injury while in police custody.

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