Hanser Alberto ranks fourth in the American League with a .321 average. The White Sox’s Tim Anderson is first at .333, followed by the Yankees’ D.J. LeMahieu at .329 and the Astros’ Michael Brantley at .324.
Rule 5 pick Richie Martin hit a three-run homer last night and has posted a .274 (23-for-84) average in 40 games in the second half, compared to a .166 (30-for-181) average in 69 games in the first. He’s hitting .200 for the first time this season.
Martin is on the bench tonight with Jonathan Villar playing shortstop.
Anthony Santander is batting .391 (18-for-46) during his 11-game hitting streak. That’s the longest by the Orioles this season.
Mancini is batting .330 (38-for-115) with 10 home runs and 13 RBIs in the first inning this season.
DJ Stewart snapped an 0-for-17 stretch last night with a bunt single to lead off the ninth inning.
Aaron Brooks faced the Rangers twice this season while pitching for the Athletics. He tossed three scoreless relief innings in Arlington, Texas and allowed three runs in five innings in a start in Oakland.
The Orioles are 2-for-20 with runners in scoring position in the last two games and have stranded 15.
Right-hander Jonathan Hernández is making his first major league start after three relief appearances. He’s allowed one run in 5 2/3 innings and the Rangers will be using their bullpen throughout the night.
For the Orioles
Jonathan Villar SS
Trey Mancini DH
Anthony Santander RF
Dwight Smith Jr. LF
Hanser Alberto 2B
Mason Williams CF
Rio Ruiz 3B
Chris Davis 1B
Chance Sisco C
Aaron Brooks RHP