NEW YORK - The sky is blue and the Orioles are set up to play two games today at Yankee Stadium. Field conditions and the forecast are giving them the green light.
Reliever Evan Phillips has joined the team as the 26th man for the doubleheader. I heard his name mentioned yesterday as the likely choice, but assumed that Josh Rogers was coming up after the left-hander had been scratched from his start with Triple-A Norfolk.
You know what happens when you assume.
Phillips was optioned Saturday after allowing 10 runs and 14 hits with 10 walks in 12 2/3 innings. He struck out 16 batters.
Phillips will return to Norfolk after the doubleheader. At least, that’s what I’m assuming.
Renato Núñez is still batting fourth as the designated hitter in Game 1, as he appeared in yesterday’s lineup, while stuck in slumps that stretch to 1-for-31 and 4-for-52. He hasn’t drawn a walk since April 23. But he’s 6-for-13 (.462) with a double and two home runs lifetime against Yankees left-hander J.A. Happ.
Chris Davis is in the lineup against a left-hander, though he’s moved down to seventh.
David Hess has faced the Yankees twice this season, tossing two scoreless innings in relief in the Bronx and allowing four runs over five innings in a Camden Yards start.
Happ tossed seven scoreless innings against the Giants on April 27 and five scoreless with only one hit allowed against the Mariners on Thursday. His first two starts this season came against the Orioles and he surrendered a combined six runs and 10 hits over 8 1/3 innings while going 0-1.
Trey Mancini homered twice off Happ and Núñez took him deep on March 31.
Happ is 7-7 with a 3.21 ERA and 1.208 WHIP in 22 career games (21 starts) against the Orioles. Davis is 4-for-27 (.148) with two doubles, two home runs and 12 strikeouts.
For the Orioles
Jonathan Villar 2B
Dwight Smith Jr. LF
Trey Mancini RF
Renato Núñez DH
Joey Rickard CF
Hanser Alberto 3B
Chris Davis 1B
Austin Wynns C
Richie Martin SS
David Hess RHP
The Indians are starting Trevor Bauer, Jefry Rodriguez, Shane Bieber and Carlos Carrasco in the four-game series against the Orioles that begins Thursday night in Cleveland.
For the Yankees
DJ LeMahieu 2B
Luke Voit 1B
Gary Sánchez C
Clint Frazier DH
Gleyber Torres SS
Brett Gardner CF
Gio Urshela 3B
Cameron Maybin RF
Mike Tauchman LF
J.A. Happ LHP