Orioles lineup vs. Athletics

Jimmy Yacabonis makes his first start since Sept. 30 today as the Orioles try to avoid a sweep in Oakland and shake off last night’s embarrassing 16-2 loss that included a 10-run sixth inning.

Yacabonis shut out the Astros on one hit over four innings in a 4-0 win to close out the 2018 season. He’s been returned to a relief role, coming out of the bullpen in 13 games and posting a 5.40 ERA and 1.600 WHIP in 20 innings, but the Orioles are using him today as an opener.

Left-hander Josh Rogers is expected to follow Yacaobonis, who threw nine pitches on Sunday and 32 on Monday.

Yacabonis was credited with a hold on April 8 after blanking the Athletics for two innings in a 12-4 win. He’s faced them three times in relief and held them scoreless over 4 2/3 innings.

Right-hander Chris Bassitt has a 3.68 ERA and 1.193 WHIP this season in 10 starts. He’s made two career starts against the Orioles and held them to three runs in 15 innings.

Chris Davis is the only player on the current roster to face Bassitt. He’s 2-for-5 with a double and home run, the production coming in August 2015. However, Davis is on the bench again today, with Trey Mancini playing first base and Anthony Santander starting in right field.

Villar-Completes-Trot-Gray@SEA-sidebar.jpgStevie Wilkerson is in left field. Chance Sisco is catching and batting cleanup. Jonathan Villar is leading off and playing shortstop.

The Orioles have tied their season-long losing streak of seven games and are 0-15-1 in series since April 22-24. They’re surrendered 10 runs or more in 13 games 13 or more in five.

Meanwhile, the offense has been held to three runs or fewer in 13 of the last 19 games.

The roster stays the same today because the team has a day game and getting a pitcher to Oakland would be problematic. But more changes would appear to be on the horizon.

Outfielder Dwight Smith Jr. could come off the concussion injured list Thursday in Seattle. A pitcher could accompany him.

The Athletics are 5-1 against the Orioles this season and have hit 20 home runs.

On this date in 2001, Cal Ripken Jr. announced that he would retire following the season.

For the Orioles
Jonathan Villar SS
Anthony Santander RF
Trey Mancini 1B
Chance Sisco C
Renato Núñez DH
Rio Ruiz 3B
Hanser Alberto 2B
Stevie Wilkerson LF
Keon Broxton CF

Jimmy Yacabonis RHP

Here are the starters for the series in Seattle:

Thursday: Dylan Bundy vs. Wade LeBlanc
Friday: John Means vs. Mike Leake
Saturday: Andrew Cashner vs. Tommy Milone
Sunday: Gabriel Ynoa vs. Yusei Kikuchi

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