Mateo in lineup as Orioles go for sweep

A late scratch from last night’s lineup, shortstop Jorge Mateo is starting this afternoon’s series finale against the Tigers at Camden Yards with no rain in the forecast.

Manager Brandon Hyde reconsidered yesterday with rain falling throughout the day, worried that Mateo might reinjure his right hip. Mateo, who hasn’t played since leaving Wednesday’s game in D.C., was on the field before 10 a.m. with head athletic trainer Brian Ebel to do some light running and side-to-side drills.

He must have passed the tests.

Cedric Mullins is batting ninth again today, with Austin Hays in the leadoff spot. Ramón Urías, who had a three-run double last night and later was ejected from the game, is batting cleanup and playing second base.

Gunnar Henderson is at third base and Ryan McKenna is the right fielder. Anthony Santander goes to the bench.

The Orioles will try to extend their winning streak to six games. They’ve won nine of their last 11 and are 13-7, tying them with the Rangers for the second-best record in the American League.

They’ve also won five of seven series.

Grayson Rodriguez is making his fourth major league start. He strung together four scoreless innings Sunday afternoon in Chicago after allowing four runs in the first.

Former Orioles minor leaguer Eduardo Rodriguez starts today for the Tigers. He’s allowed eight runs and 20 hits in 24 innings in his four outings.

Rodriguez is 13-5 with a 2.94 ERA and 1.141 WHIP in 23 career games against the Orioles.

James McCann, who hit his first Orioles home run last night, is 4-for-16 with a double and two homers lifetime against Rodriguez. He’s the designated hitter today.

Hays is 4-for-7 with two doubles. Santander is 1-for-14.

For the Orioles
Austin Hays LF
Adley Rutschman C
Ryan Mountcastle 1B
Ramón Urías 2B
James McCann DH
Jorge Mateo SS
Gunnar Henderson 3B
Ryan McKenna RF
Cedric Mullins CF

Grayson Rodriguez RHP

For the Tigers
Akil Baddoo LF
Riley Greene CF
Javier Báez SS
Kerry Carpenter DH
Zach McKinstry 3B
Spencer Torkelson 1B
Matt Vierling RF
Jake Rogers C
Jonathan Schoop 2B

Eduardo Rodriguez LHP

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