Orioles break out right-handed lineup vs. Royals

KANSAS CITY – Jackson Holliday is on the bench tonight with the Royals starting left-hander Cole Ragans.

He isn’t the only left-handed bat removed from the lineup, but it gets most of the attention with the 1-for-27 start and 15 strikeouts from baseball's top prospect.

Cedric Mullins and Colton Cowser are replaced by Jorge Mateo and Austin Hays, respectively. Ramón Urías is playing third base, with Jordan Westburg at second.

Urías has a hit in his last five games with an at-bat, including last night, after an 0-for-14 start. He was in the lineup once since April 5 until tonight.

Mullins is batting .353 during a 10-game hitting streak.

Adley Rutschman is the designated hitter with James McCann catching.

Corbin Burnes is 2-0 with a 2.28 ERA and 0.930 WHIP in four starts. He faced the Royals earlier this month and allowed two runs and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings.

The nine hits were the most Burnes surrendered since July 30, 2021, in Atlanta.

The Orioles’ four-game winning streak ended last night. Their 12-7 start matches last year’s record.

Ragans has posted a 1.93 ERA and 1.200 WHIP in four starts. He shut out the Orioles on one hit over 6 1/3 innings on April 3.

For the Orioles

Gunnar Henderson SS
Adley Rutschman DH
Ryan Mountcastle 1B
Anthony Santander RF
Jordan Westburg 2B
Austin Hays LF
Ramón Urías 3B
James McCann C
Jorge Mateo CF

Corbin Burnes RHP

For the Royals

Maikel Garcia 3B
Bobby Witt Jr. SS
Vinnie Paquantino 1B
Salvador Perez C
MJ Melendez LF
Nelson Velázquez DH
Michael Massey 2B
Hunter Renfroe RF
Kyle Isbel CF

Cole Ragans LHP

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