Rio Ruiz starts at second base for the fourth time in five games.
Hays is on the injured list with a right hamstring strain.
“It was fun,” McKenna said today in a Zoom call. “The excitement level was definitely there. I tried to do as best as I could to control the emotions. I was actually proud of the way I composed myself. Yankee Stadium is a pretty cool place to make your debut and I was definitely very excited. My family was able to come up and enjoy the experience as well.”
Rookie Dean Kremer made four starts last season, the first two against the Yankees. He allowed a combined two runs and five hits in 11 innings, with six walks and 14 strikeouts.
Kremer hasn’t surrendered a home run in 18 2/3 major league innings.
Cole started against the Blue Jays on opening day and allowed two runs and five hits with eight strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. He made three starts against the Orioles in 2020 and held them to four earned runs (eight total) and 10 hits with 26 strikeouts in 19 2/3 innings.
DJ Stewart homered off him Sept. 5, but he’s on the injured list with a strained hamstring.
The Yankees are 24-3 in their last 27 games against the Orioles since April 4, 2019 and have won 11 in a row at home. During the streak, they have outscored the Orioles 69-28 and out-homered them 22-11.
New York’s pitchers have allowed three earned runs or fewer in each of the first four games of the season for the ninth time in franchise history and first since 1992 (six games). Their relievers have allowed only two runs (one earned) and struck out 20 batters in 18 2/3 innings.
In the last five games against the Yankees, all of them in the Bronx, the Orioles have scored three runs (two earned) and struck out 51 times in 42 innings.
Aaron Judge has hit 18 home runs against the Orioles and Blue Jays, his highest total against any team.
For the Orioles
Cedric Mullins CF
Trey Mancini 1B
Anthony Santander RF
Ryan Mountcastle LF
Rio Ruiz 2B
Maikel Franco 3B
Freddy Galvis SS
Pedro Severino C
Chance Sisco DH
Dean Kremer RHP
For the Yankees
DJ LeMahieu 2B
Aaron Judge RF
Brett Gardner CF
Giancarlo Stanton DH
Gleyber Torres SS
Clint Frazier LF
Jay Bruce 1B
Gio Urshela 3B
Kyle Higashioka C
Gerrit Cole RHP
The Orioles won’t be signing second baseman Rougned Odor. The Yankees acquired him from the Rangers today for outfielder Josh Stowers and outfielder/catcher Antonio Cabello. Texas is absorbing the vast majority of his contract.