Rutschman catching and batting sixth

Adley Rutschman makes his major league debut tonight as the Orioles’ No. 6 hitter in a lineup that looks a lot different with him in it.

Rutschman’s contract was selected from Triple-A Norfolk this morning. The Orioles designated catcher Anthony Bemboom for assignment.

Rutschman will be catching Kyle Bradish, the No. 10 prospect in the system per MLBPipeline.com. Bradish, who’s a year older than Rutschman, has posted a 5.06 ERA and 1.359 WHIP in four major league starts.

Bradish has struck out 22 batters in 21 1/3 innings.

Ryan Mountcastle was activated from the injured list, as expected. A big day in Baltimore.

Mountcastle is the designated hitter.

Also, the Orioles recalled reliever Mike Baumann from Norfolk and optioned Logan Gillaspie and Nick Vespi. They needed the fresh arms.

Vespi became the fourth Orioles pitcher to make his major league debut in the 12th inning or later, joining Eddie Watt on April 12, 1966, Dyar Miller on June 9, 1975 and Alberto Castillo on April 28, 2008.

The most recent pitcher in the majors was Ralph Garza Jr., who gave up Rougned Odor’s game-winning home run last night. Garza debuted with the Astros last season.

Vespi earned the win with two scoreless innings.

Gillaspie tossed 3 2/3 scoreless innings in two appearances.

Tyler Nevin is playing third base.

Trey Mancini extended his on-base streak to 14 games since May 8, batting .370 (20-for-54) with two home runs and six RBIs during that span.

The Orioles have back-to-back walk-off home runs from Anthony Santander Rougned Odor. They’ve never hit three in a row, according to STATS.

The last time they’ve produced three consecutive walk-off wins of any kind was June 1954, including a doubleheader against the Philadelphia Athletics.

Last night’s win snapped a 15-game losing streak to the Rays.

Left-hander John Means, who underwent Tommy John surgery on April 27, signed a two-year, $5.925 million contract to avoid Thursday’s arbitration hearing in New York.

Means will be eligible again for arbitration in 2024. He sought $3.1 million this year and the Orioles countered at $2.7 million.

The Rays are starting left-hander Jeffrey Springs, who’s making his fourth start this season among 12 appearances, and his sixth in the majors among 114.

Springs has allowed four runs in 21 2/3 innings. He faced the Orioles twice in the opening series at Tropicana Field and retired all four faced with four strikeouts. He earned the win on April 10.

Right-handers are batting .234/.304/.427 against Springs in 435 career plate appearances, but left-handers are batting .302/.372/.484 in 218.

Springs is 2-0 against the Orioles with a 1.50 ERA in 12 innings. He’s allowed two runs and struck out 17.

For the Orioles
Cedric Mullins CF
Austin Hays LF
Anthony Santander RF
Trey Mancini 1B
Ryan Mountcastle DH
Adley Rutschman C
Tyler Nevin 3B
Rougned Odor 2B
Jorge Mateo SS

Kyle Bradish RHP

For the Rays
Kevin Kiermaier CF
Yandy Diaz 3B
Ji-Man Choi 1B
Randy Arozarena LF
Harold Ramirez DH
Vidal Brujan 2B
Brett Phillips RF
Francisco Mejia C

Taylor Walls SS

Jeffrey Springs LHP

Rutschman on his promotion, blocking out the noise...
Orioles promote Rutschman to majors
 

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