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Baseball history was made last night in Baltimore

And it was quite surreal.

Updated at 8.20pm

WITH THE ONGOING rioting in Baltimore, Major League Baseball took the unprecedented decision to play the Orioles v Chicago White Sox game behind closed doors on Wednesday.

The game was completely closed to fans but some members of the media and a small number of scouts were allowed watch in Camden Yards.

The two teams took to the field at 7.05pm (GMT) and went about everything pretty much as usual with the national anthem being played before the game got under way.
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The pictures of the action itself make it look like a training game:

Source: AP/Press Association Images

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Source: GAIL BURTON/AP/Press Association Images

Source: AP/Press Association Images

The bars in the stadium still showed the game even though they were empty:

Source: AP/Press Association Images

While fans were locked outside the gates:

White Sox Orioles Baseball Source: Matt Rourke/AP/Press Association Images

Despite having no fans, the home side won 8-2.

Originally published at 10.30am.

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