No word on a roster move. I’ve heard that Austin Wynns is in Baltimore, which likely puts him on the taxi squad.
Left-hander John Means will try to lower his season-high 3.76 ERA. He’s been charged with 21 earned runs in 22 2/3 innings since the All-Star break.
Means hasn’t faced the Royals or any of their hitters. Tonight is a first.
Kansas City right-hander Jorge López is 1-7 with a 6.51 ERA and 1.553 WHIP in 30 games, including 11 starts. Tonight is his second start since Game 2 of a May 25 doubleheader.
López faced 11 Detroit batters on Aug. 8 and allowed four earned runs (five total) in 1 1/3 innings.
Left-handed hitters are slashing .347/.406/.605 against López and right-handers are slashing .233/.313/.432.
López has made one career start against the Orioles, holding them to one run in seven innings, with no walks and eight strikeouts, on Sept. 2, 2018 in Kansas City. Jonathan Villar homered in the first inning.
Davis is 2-for-3 against López.
Villar reached base four times yesterday in Boston and posted his team-leading 40th multi-hit game. Villar is 44-for-142 (.310) since the All-Star break.
Hanser Alberto is 94-for-275 (.342) in 72 games since May 20.
The Orioles have lost 12 of their last 13 games and their pitching staff is three home runs short of the major league record of 258 set by the 2016 Reds.
The Royals are 5-16 in their last 21 games.
Royals center fielder Bubba Starling gets to bat against Means, his teammate at Gardner-Edgerton High School in Gardner, Kan.
For the Orioles
Jonathan Villar SS
Trey Mancini 1B
Anthony Santander CF
Renato Núñez DH
Jace Peterson LF
Hanser Alberto 2B
DJ Stewart RF
Pedro Severino C
Rio Ruiz 3B
John Means LHP
For the Royals
Whit Merrifield DH
Alex Gordon LF
Hunter Dozier 3B
Jorge Soler RF
Cheslor Cuthbert 1B
Bubba Starling CF
Humberto Arteaga SS
Nicky Lopez 2B
Nick Dini C
Jorge López RHP
Double-A Bowie pitcher Michael Baumann, 23, was chosen as the Eastern League’s Pitcher of the Week after tossing a shutout in his last start.
Baumann has appeared in 10 games for the Baysox since being promoted from Single-A Frederick on June 21 and is 3-2 with a 1.86 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 53 1/3 innings.
Former Orioles pitching coach Al Jackson passed away earlier today in Port St. Lucie, Fla., after a long illness. He was 83.