Orioles and Pirates lineups

Rio Ruiz has returned to the Orioles’ lineup today, playing third base and batting seventh against the Pirates in Sarasota.

Richie Martin isn’t in the lineup, but could enter the game later. He’s recovered from surgery in January to remove a broken left hamate bone and got some at-bats yesterday.

Austin Hays is in left field again, with Cedric Mullins in center. Trey Mancini is the first baseman.

Pat Valaika is the second baseman.

Matt Harvey is making his second start after his three-inning simulated game last week. He allowed three runs and four hits over two innings on May 5 in Dunedin.

Keegan Akin and Shawn Armstrong also are pitching today.

Thumbnail image for hays-swings-orange-spring-sidebar.jpgThe Pirates are starting left-hander Tyler Anderson, the 20th-overall pick by the Rockies in the 2011 draft out of the University of Oregon, who owns a career 4.65 ERA and 1.340 WHIP in 86 games (82 starts). The Pirates signed him as a free agent in February and he’s allowed six runs and 11 hits in five innings this spring.

No walks, though.

The game can be heard on 105.7 The Fan.

Félix Hernández starts Tuesday afternoon against the Rays in Port Charlotte. Left-hander Ryan Yarbrough starts for Tampa Bay.

César Valdez has thrown only two innings in his two scoreless appearances, striking out five batters. He started in winter ball and manager Brandon Hyde has talked about stretching him out later in camp.

Valdez can profile as a late-inning reliever for the Orioles, a bulk guy or a starting option down the road. It doesn’t matter to him.

Being in the bullpen on April 1 at Fenway Park is the only importance.

“I don’t have a specific role yet, but I’m here to help in whatever role is available for me. Whether closing, long relief or as a starter,” Valdez said this morning via Ramón Alarcón, the team’s translator and coordinator of Latin American operations. “I want to make the team. There’s no secure thing here, so my mindset is to go out there and try to make the team for opening day.”

For the Orioles
Cedric Mullins CF
Trey Mancini 1B
Anthony Santander RF
Pedro Severino DH
Austin Hays LF
Freddy Galvis SS
Rio Ruiz 3B
Chance Sisco C
Pat Valaika 2B

Matt Harvey RHP

For the Pirates
Adam Frazier 2B
Ke’Bryan Hayes 3B
Bryan Reynolds LF
Gregory Polanco DH
Phillip Evans RF
Jacob Stallings C
Erik González SS
Jared Oliva CF
Will Craig 1B

Tyler Anderson LHP

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