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Riots throughout the city in the wake of the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray prompted MLB officials to close the stadium

By Tara Fowler
Updated April 29, 2015 03:10 PM
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For the first time in MLB history, two teams took the field before an empty stadium at Baltimore’s Camden Yards on Wednesday.

Riots throughout the city in the wake of the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray prompted Major League Baseball officials to close the stadium for public safety.

But for players, the game will be “a challenge,” Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis told reporters before the game, according to Yahoo! Sports.

“Yesterday was crazier to me because I drove in and you see the National Guard, the state troopers, the sheriff,” he added, speaking of Tuesday’s practice. “It was more like a war zone than I expected.”

Meanwhile, Chicago White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton said that he’s “not happy” the game will be played this way.

Added Orioles manager Buck Showalter: “We didn’t practice for quiet.”

Monday and Tuesday’s games were both postponed following the violent riots.