Orioles lineup vs. Blue Jays

Chris Davis returns to the Orioles lineup tonight after sitting out the last two games in Houston. He’s batting eighth again.

The Blue Jays are starting right-handers in all three games of the series, so Davis could stay in the lineup.

Richie Martin and Keon Broxton are on the bench. Jonathan Villar is playing shortstop with Hanser Alberto at second base and Stevie Wilkerson is in center field.

Anthony-Santander-Drives-White-Sidebar.jpgAnthony Santander is playing left field and batting second. Catcher Chance Sisco is in the cleanup spot.

Left-hander John Means is making his first career appearance against the Blue Jays. He hasn’t faced any of their hitters.

Left-handers are slashing .151/.224/.302 against Means. He’s 3-1 with a 1.53 ERA and 0.818 WHIP in seven home games.

Means doesn’t have a win since May 12, but he’s allowed only two runs over 12 innings with one walk and 12 strikeouts in his last two starts and his ERA is down to 2.67.

Right-hander Trent Thornton was a fifth round pick of the Astros in the 2015 draft out of the University of North Carolina, back when current Orioles executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias was director of amateur scouting. Thornton was selected three rounds after Tom Eshelman, the pitcher acquired yesterday by the Orioles in a trade with the Phillies.

Thornton has gone 1-4 with a 4.73 ERA and 1.361 WHIP in 13 starts as a rookie. He’s averaging 4.3 walks and 9.6 strikeouts per nine innings. He’s registered a 6.39 ERA and 1.581 WHIP in seven starts at home and a 3.21 ERA and 1.158 WHIP in six starts on the road.

None of the Orioles have faced Thornton.

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

John Means LHP

Seven Frederick Keys have been named to the Carolina League All-Star Game: Pitchers Cody Sedlock, Michael Baumann, David Lebron and Steven Klimek, infielder Willy Yahn and outfielders Zach Jarrett and Cole Billingsley.

Keys Manager Ryan Minor will manage the North team. His staff will include Frederick pitching coach Justin Lord, hitting coach Bobby Rose, development coach Adam Bleday and athletic trainer Marty Brinker.

The game will be held June 18 at Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium in Frederick.

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