Orioles and Guardians lineups in third game of series

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CLEVELAND – The Orioles haven’t won a season series against Cleveland since 2016 and are hoping for a split this weekend after losing the first two games.

Gunnar Henderson is playing shortstop. He needs one more extra-base hit to reach 65 and tie Cal Ripken Jr.’s record for most by an Orioles rookie.

Since Sept. 8, Henderson is batting .324 (22-for-68) with four doubles, three triples, four home runs and 11 RBIs.

Adley Rutschman is the designated hitter. Aaron Hicks is in left field.

The bench includes Austin Hays, Heston Kjerstad and Jordan Westburg.

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Hays starting for AL in All-Star Game (plus tonight's lineups and notes)

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Austin Hays vowed to play again before the All-Star break, a bruised left hip keeping him out of the lineup since Sunday.

The day he learned that he’d been selected to his first All-Star team.

Hays is on the bench again tonight, marked absent hours after he found out that he’s starting for the American League.

Baseball life is full of surprises for Hays, who said yesterday that the good news about his selection was “kind of short-lived” following his collision with Twins first baseman Donovan Solano. A knee to the hip bringing pain after his euphoria. The roller coaster that he didn’t want to ride.

He’s taking batting practice and working out, as he did yesterday in New York, and starting Tuesday night at T-Mobile Park due to injuries to Aaron Judge and Mike Trout.

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Orioles and Yankees lineups to close out series

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NEW YORK – The latest prospect-packed Orioles lineup tonight includes Colton Cowser in left field again, with Gunnar Henderson leading off and playing shortstop, and Jordan Westburg at second base.

Manager Brandon Hyde put Ramón Urías at third base and Aaron Hicks in center field.

Cedric Mullins is the designated hitter.

Austin Hays stays on the bench.

Kyle Bradish has registered a 3.58 ERA and 1.205 WHIP in 15 starts. He’s held opponents to six runs in his last four starts covering 25 innings.

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Orioles post first lineup with Westburg

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Jordan Westburg is playing second base and batting seventh tonight in his major league debut at Camden Yards.

Gunnar Henderson is out of the lineup. Jorge Mateo is the shortstop, and Ramón Urías is at third base.

Austin Hays is leading off as the designated hitter, with Ryan McKenna in left field. Cedric Mullins is sixth in the order.

Anthony Santander is starting at first base, with Aaron Hicks in right field and batting fourth.

Santander has homered in five of the last six games. He’s the first Orioles player with homers in three straight games against the same opponent since Pat Valaika on Aug. 20-22, 2020.

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O's activate Mychal Givens for series finale, plus today's lineup

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TORONTO - The Orioles are getting a reinforcement today for their heavily-used bullpen as right-hander Mychal Givens has been activated as the Orioles try to sweep Toronto today at Rogers Centre. Givens has not pitched in an O's game since March 16 in spring training.

But today he comes off the 15-day injured list - he's been out with left knee inflammation. To make roster room lefty Cole Irvin was optioned back to Triple-A Norfolk. Recalled Tuesday from the Tides, Irvin pitched just once since his return to the club and that was in yesterday's 6-5 Orioles win in 10 innings. 

He faced two batters in the seventh inning, allowing an inherited run on an RBI single to Alejandro Kirk and he got a popout to the infield from Matt Chapman. He threw just seven pitches.

With Yennier Cano and Félix Bautista having pitched in both games of this series and very likely not available today, the O's are short in the bullpen today and enter Givens to provide a lift.

Orginailly drafted by the Orioles as a high school shortstop out of Tampa, Fla. in the second round in 2009, he was later converted to pitcher. The O's traded him on Aug. 30, 2020 to Colorado in a deal that brought the club Terrin Vavra, Tyler Nevin and a player to be named later that became minor league outfielder Mishael Deson.

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Urías gets the start at first base

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ATLANTA – Ramón Urías is making his first major league start at first base tonight, as the Orioles try for their eighth series win in a row.

Ryan Mountcastle is the designated hitter.

Austin Hays is out of the lineup again with a deep cut on his right middle finger. Kyle Stowers gets the start in left field.

Gunnar Henderson is at third base. Adam Frazier is the second baseman.

Anthony Santander, who's in right field, has hit three home runs in the last two games, including last night's first career grand slam.

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Hays and Mateo out of today's Orioles lineup

Hays and Mateo out of today's Orioles lineup

Austin Hays is out of today's lineup, as the Orioles try to win their sixth series of the year.

Hays left last night’s game with a bruised right hand and is day-to-day.

Terrin Vavra is in left field again after replacing Hays last night and collecting two singles. Ryan Mountcastle is the designated hitter, with Ryan O’Hearn at first base.

Gunnar Henderson is the shortstop. Jorge Mateo goes to the bench.

Mateo is batting .406/.432/.750 (13-for-32) with five doubles and two home runs in his last 11 games (10 starts). Last night’s homer into the Orioles bullpen was 108.2 mph off the bat.

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Orioles and White Sox lineups

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CHICAGO – Adley Rutschman is the designated hitter this afternoon against the White Sox, as the Orioles try to guarantee another series win.

Rutschman ranks second in the American League and third in the majors with a .492 on-base percentage. He’s sixth in the majors with a 1.134 OPS.

Ryan Mountcastle’s 19 RBIs continue to lead the majors.

Gunnar Henderson’s 21 strikeouts are tied for most in the American League, but his 12 walks tie Rutschman for first in the AL.  He’s out of the lineup today.

Kyle Gibson is the first Orioles pitcher in modern franchise history to make three starts in his first three appearances with his new team and win each decision. He has a 3.44 ERA and 1.145 WHIP in 18 1/3 innings.

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

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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.

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Orioles lineup against the Blue Jays

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DUNEDIN, Fla. - The Orioles headed north today for a game with their American League East rival Toronto Blue Jays at TD Ballpark. The Orioles are 5-7-2 after a 5-5 tie last night with the Minnesota Twins at Ed Smith Stadium.

Terrin Vavra is in the lineup for the second day in a row after missing seven games due to left shoulder soreness. He went 1-for-2 last night with a single and is batting .538 (7-for-13) in five spring games. Vavra is starting today at second base and batting leadoff.

Gunnar Henderson, who is 2-for-17 in spring games, made the trip and is batting second at third base. Colton Cowser will start in center field and right-hander Austin Voth will make his third appearance and gets the start on the mound. He has allowed five runs in five innings this spring. He gave up four runs over three innings in his last outing, March 6 vs. Philadelphia. 

Also scheduled to pitch today for the Orioles are Mike Baumann, Cionel Pérez and Logan Gillaspie. Right-hander Chris Bassitt is set to start for Toronto.

Extra pitchers here today from minor league camp are Ryan Conroy, Blaine Knight, Connor Loeprich, Clayton McGinness, Griffin McLarty and Kevin Smith.

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