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Amid protests, Orioles play host to White Sox

(SportsNetwork.com) - Thoughts in Baltimore probably aren't on baseball at the moment, but hopefully the Orioles can bring some normalcy back to a city in chaos.

Ubaldo Jimenez tries to bounce back from his first loss of the season on Tuesday when Baltimore begins what is now a two-game series with the Chicago White Sox at Camden Yards.

Monday's opener was postponed after protests in the city turned violent following the tragic death of 25-year-old Freddy Gray, who died from a spinal injury while in police custody over a week ago.

"We feel like we made the decision that would provide us the greatest possible security in terms of protecting the fans, the players, the umpires, everybody involved in the game," said MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, who happened to be in Baltimore on Monday for the planned opener. "I don't know what more I can say about it at this point."

There had been some talk of moving the series to Nationals Park.

Jimenez had been 1-0 through his first two starts and hadn't allowed a run in either outing. However, his luck ran out against the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday, as they reached him for four runs and six hits in five innings.

He also walked three batters in the fourth inning.

"I was trying to be too fine," Jimenez said. "I was trying to nibble too much around the corners and throwing too many breaking balls and that made me fall behind."

Jimenez has faced the White Sox 10 times and is 2-3 against them with a 5.01 ERA.

Baltimore took two of three from the Boston Red Sox over the weekend thanks to an offensive explosion in Sunday's finale. Chris Davis homered and knocked in three runs and Delmon Young drove in five, as the Orioles hammered Boston, 18-7.

"It's a game we needed because we were playing sloppy baseball for a week or so," said Young. "It was good to get out of the rut."

Troubling, though, is the fact that the Orioles have yet to win a game in which they've scored fewer than four runs this season.

Chicago, meanwhile, won twice on Sunday, as Conor Gillaspie hit the go-ahead two-run single in a five-run sixth inning which propelled the White Sox over Kansas City by a 5-3 count.

Adam LaRoche and Tyler Flowers also knocked in runs during the deciding frame for the White Sox, who swept the brief set on Sunday thanks to a 3-2 victory in the completion of Friday's suspended contest to win this rain-shortened three-game series.

John Danks (1-2) lasted six full frames and allowed three runs on five hits while striking out eight. David Robertson closed things out on a scoreless ninth for his third save.

"We came to the ballpark to win two and we got it done," Danks said.

On Monday, Chicago will hand the ball to righty Jeff Samardzija, who is currently appealing his five-game suspension for his part in the fracas with the Kansas City Royals last week.

Samardzija has allowed one run in his last two starts and is 1-1 on the year with a 3.33 ERA. The Shark picked up his first win with the ChiSox on Wednesday against Cleveland, limiting the Indians to six hits over six scoreless innings.

Baltimore won five of six from the White Sox last season.