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Orioles lift seating capacity limits at Camden Yards; Santander ready for return

BALTIMORE—Beginning June 1st, Oriole Park at Camden Yards will open for full capacity. For the first two months of the season, capacity has been limited to 25 percent.

Social distancing will no longer be required between groups or ticket-holders.

Masks still will be required, and Oriole Park will remain cashless for the rest of the season.

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“That’s great news for everybody,” manager Brandon Hyde said. “Slowly, but surely, we’re getting back to normal, which is a great feeling. I’m excited to see more fans in the ballpark.”

Tickets for games from June 1st through the rest of the season will go on sale on May 26 at 12 p.m.

Santender’s return: Outfielder Anthony Santander, who has been on the 10-day injured list because of a sprained left ankle since April 21st, is expected to return on Friday when the Orioles begin a three-game series with the Nationals in Washington.

“He’s been a big part of our offense for the last few years,” Hyde said. “He’s a guy that lengthens out the lineup. He’s a switch-hitter. He can handle left and right-handers. He’s a really good hitter in this ballpark. I can’t wait to see back in there. It was great seeing him today.”

Right-handers Dillon Tate (hamstring) and Mac Sceroler (shoulder) remain on the 10-day injured list.

Tate will pitch in some rehab games, and Hyde said that he’ll return in a week or two. Sceroler is in Sarasota, Florida, and Hyde said he should be ready to pitch soon.

Coming up: Jorge López (1-4, 6.35 ERA) will face the Nationals on Friday night. The Nationals have yet to name a starter.

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