Orioles lineup vs. Cardinals in final exhibition game (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. – The last exhibition game of 2023 will be played this afternoon, with the Cardinals driving across the state to face Orioles’ No. 2 starter Dean Kremer.

Félix Bautista is expected to make his last appearance and be deemed ready for Opening Day. Injuries in the bullpen make his availability even more important.

Mike Baumann also could make his final appearance while trying to wrestling away the last bullpen spot.

Manager Brandon Hyde has posted a lineup that contains most of his projected starters. Austin Hays and Kyle Stowers aren’t in it against St. Louis left-hander Jordan Montgomery, but Gunnar Henderson is the designated hitter and Ramón Urías is playing third base.

That could happen again.

Anthony Santander is the left fielder, and he might stay in that corner at Fenway Park. Terrin Vavra is in right today.

Jorge Mateo has returned to shortstop after playing center field again and not getting much action.

Montgomery has made 16 career starts against the Orioles and posted a 3.04 ERA in 83 innings. They know each other.

For the Orioles
Cedric Mullins CF
Adley Rutschman C
Ryan Mountcastle 1B
Anthony Santander LF
Gunnar Henderson DH
Ramón Urías 3B
Terrin Vavra RF
Adam Frazier 2B
Jorge Mateo SS

Dean Kremer RHP

Update: Left-hander Steven Matz is now listed as the Cardinals' starter. The Orioles faced him on May 12 in St. Louis and he allowed three runs and seven hits with no walks and seven strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings. The Orioles won 3-2.

Mateo and Anthony Bemboom hit home runs.

For the Cardinals
Brendan Donovan 2B
Lars Nootbaar LF
Paul Goldschmidt 1B
Nolan Arenado 3B
Willson Contreras C
Tyler O'Neill CF
Nolan Gorman DH
Jordan Walker RF
Tommy Edman SS

Steven Matz LHP

Update II: We're told it's still Montgomery. Either way, it's a lefty. Carry on.


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