Mullins is leading off and playing center field and Hays is in right. Anthony Santander is the designated hitter.
Third baseman Maikel Franco gets the day off and returns to the lineup on Tuesday.
Trey Mancini is the first baseman as he keeps proving that he’ll be ready for opening day and an everyday role on the club.
“You know, to me he looked the same,” hitting coach Don Long said this morning on his Zoom call. “Physically, he looked strong and swing-wise he looked good. He had been hitting some and I really didn’t see any difference.
“I think now as we’ve played games, the biggest difference is he’s just gotten more acclimated and he started to slow himself down, which has allowed him to kind of slow the game down. Which is true of any hitter, not necessarily a guy who missed a whole year. But he looked good right from the start and continues to get better and he works well and looks strong. I think he’s in a great spot.”
John Means makes another tune-up start before opening day. He’s allowed two runs and four hits in his last two starts over eight innings, with one walk and eight strikeouts.
Means faced the Pirates on March 7 and allowed four runs in two innings.
Right-hander Mitch Keller starts today for the Pirates. He’s expected to get the ball on opening day.
Keller has made three starts this spring and allowed 12 runs and 15 hits in five innings. He’s walked three batters and surrendered three home runs.
Probably just working on some things.
Keller started a March 11 game against the Orioles and allowed two runs in two innings.
Pirates relievers today include Trevor Cahill, Duane Underwood Jr., Chris Stratton and Luis Oviedo.
For the Orioles
Cedric Mullins CF
Anthony Santander DH
Trey Mancini 1B
Ryan Mountcastle LF
Rio Ruiz 3B
Austin Hays RF
Freddy Galvis SS
Pedro Severino C
Yolmer Sánchez 2B
John Means LHP