Orioles lineup vs. Padres in San Diego

SAN DIEGO – Aaron Hicks is out of the Orioles lineup tonight after returning from the injured list yesterday and collecting two singles.

Austin Hays replaced Hicks in left field in the eighth inning, and he’s batting seventh tonight.

Ryan O’Hearn hit his 10th home run last night and stays in the cleanup spot. Ryan Mountcastle is the designated hitter.

Cedric Mullins is batting sixth. Adam Frazier is starting at second base and Ramón Urías is at third.

Jack Flaherty is making his third start with the Orioles after allowing four runs with 16 strikeouts in 11 innings. He’s 2-0 with a 2.01 ERA in four career starts against the Padres.

Trent Grisham is 4-for-12 with a double and seven strikeouts against Flaherty. Manny Machado is 1-for-10 with five walks and four strikeouts.

Right-handed hitters are slashing .207/.277/.276 against Flaherty since the break.

Jordan Westburg has posted an .804 OPS on the road, compared to a .706 OPS at home. He isn’t in tonight’s lineup.

A win tonight moves the Orioles 30 games above .500 for the first time since the conclusion of the 2014 season. They haven’t been 31 over since Sept. 23, 2014.

They haven’t been 30-plus games above .500 before September since Aug. 31, 1997, when they were 85-48.

A victory also would improve their series record to 24-12-3.

The Orioles have won nine of 13 games in San Diego.

The Rays also won last night in San Francisco, keeping the Orioles’ division lead at three games.

The Orioles have won three consecutive games, 15 of 22 and 25 of 35.

Their .989 fielding percentage ranks fourth in the majors. The Padres are fifth at .988.

Veteran right-hander Michael Wacha, who drew the Orioles’ interest as a free agent before he signed with the Padres, is 8-2 with a 2.84 ERA and 1.074 WHIP in 15 starts. Tonight is his first outing since July 1 due to a shoulder injury. He was the National League’s Pitcher of the Month for May.

Wacha has a 5.87 ERA and 1.461 WHIP in nine career starts against the Orioles.

Right-handers have posted a .176 average against Wacha’s fastball this season.

Mountcastle, who extended his on-base streak to 21 games last night, is 6-for-15 with a triple and two home runs against Wacha.

Mullins is 7-for-16 with two doubles, a triple and two home runs. Urías is 5-for-10 with a double, triple and home run. Hays is 5-for-12 with a double and triple. Anthony Santander is 5-for-15 with a double and two home runs.

For the Orioles
Adley Rutschman C
Gunnar Henderson SS
Anthony Santander RF
Ryan O’Hearn 1B
Ryan Mountcastle DH
Cedric Mullins CF
Austin Hays LF
Adam Frazier 2B
Ramón Urías 3B

Jack Flaherty RHP

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