Orioles and Rays lineups

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde is starting Adley Rutschman behind the plate this afternoon, probably no coincidence with the game versus Tampa Bay airing on MASN.

Rutschman, the No. 2 prospect in baseball, is batting seventh ahead of left fielder Austin Hays.

Cedric Mullins is leading off and playing center again. Trey Mancini is the first baseman, appearing in the lineup on back-to-back days.

Maikel Franco returns to the lineup today for his second game after signing a one-year contract. The next attempt to ramp up before opening day.

Valdez-Throwing-White-Sidebar.jpgCésar Valdez makes his first start as an Oriole. Manager Brandon Hyde describes today as “a bullpen game,” with a reliever taking the mound first and others to follow.

The game airs on MASN and 105.7 The Fan.

The Rays are starting right-hander Trevor Richards, who’s pitched twice in relief this spring and allowed four runs and five hits with five strikeouts in three innings.

Richards pitched at Camden Yards on the night of Bruce Zimmermann’s major league debut. He started in Game 2 of the doubleheader and allowed four runs and five hits in 3 1/3 innings.

Rio Ruiz and Hanser Alberto homered off him and Ryan Mountcastle had an RBI double.

Dean Kremer starts Wednesday night in Fort Myers. The Red Sox are starting Nathan Eovaldi.

For the Orioles
Cedric Mullins CF
Trey Mancini 1B
Anthony Santander RF
Maikel Franco 3B
Freddy Galvis SS
Austin Hays LF
Adley Rutschman C
Pat Valaika DH
Ramón Urías 2B

César Valdez RHP

For the Rays
Francisco Mejia C
Yoshitomo Tsutsugo 1B
Mike Brosseau 3B
Joey Wendle SS
Ryan Boldt DH
Tristan Gray RF
Moises Gomez CF
Brett Sullivan LF
Esteban Quiroz 2B

Trevor Richards RHP

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