Hays out of lineup again as Orioles finish series in Kansas City (updated)

The Orioles are sending Grayson Rodriguez to the mound this afternoon in Kansas City while trying to claim their seventh series.

Rodriguez is working on regular rest after starting Game 2 of Saturday’s doubleheader in Detroit and earning his first major league win with a career-high nine strikeouts. He hasn’t allowed a run in 14 straight innings going back to Chicago.

Austin Hays is out of the lineup again today. He also didn’t pinch-hit last night, with manager Brandon Hyde choosing Ryan McKenna to bat for Kyle Stowers.

Hays recently returned after bruising his right middle finger on an attempted bunt.

Stowers is in left field again today. Adley Rutschman is the designated hitter.

Anthony Santander is batting cleanup again after collecting two singles last night in a shutout loss.

Kansas City is starting former Orioles right-hander Jordan Lyles, who’s 0-5 with a 6.11 ERA and 1.358 WHIP in six starts after signing a two-year, $17 million contract. He’s allowed 24 earned runs (26 total) and 36 hits in 35 1/3 innings. He’s also surrendered nine home runs.

Lyles is 0-3 with a 4.26 ERA and 1.500 WHIP in three career games (two starts) against the Orioles totaling 12 2/3 innings.

The Royals had lost 14 of their last 17 game before last night’s win. They’re 2-13 at home.

For the Orioles
Cedric Mullins CF
Adley Rutschman DH
Ryan Mountcastle 1B
Anthony Santander RF
Kyle Stowers LF
Adam Frazier 2B
Jorge Mateo SS
Gunnar Henderson 3B
James McCann C

Grayson Rodriguez RHP

For the Royals
Bobby Witt Jr. SS
Vinnie Pasquantino 1B
Salvador Pérez DH
MJ Melendez RF
Nick Pratto LF
Maikel Garcia 3B
Michael Massey 2B
Kyle Isbel CF
Freddy Fermin C

Jordan Lyles RHP

Update: Hays had the wound on his right finger cleaned up yesterday and the Orioles are giving it time to heal.

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