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Final at Baltimore's Camden Yards: Orioles 8, White Sox 2, fans 0

Final at Baltimore's Camden Yards: Orioles 8, White Sox 2, fans 0

The umpire walked on the field with a gracious wave to the crowd. He might have been joking, or just stuck in his habits. There was no crowd. For the first time in its long and quirky history, Major League Baseball held a “ghost game,” with no fans to watch the Baltimore Orioles defeat the Chicago White Sox, 8-2. No one waited in line for a bathroom, basked in the bright 72-degree afternoon, noshed on Maryland crab cakes or booed when the umpire made a bad call. Not one of the 45,971 green plastic seats at Camden Yards was occupied by a paying customer. Just three lonely scouts watched from behind home plate, backed up by an unusually large group of curious reporters in the...

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