ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Beyond the positions of a handful of gamers, there have been few surprises within the Orioles’ lineup for Friday’s season opener in opposition to the Tampa Bay Rays.
Facing Baltimore-born left-hander Shane McClanahan, heart area Cedric Mullins started the 12 months within the leadoff spot he occupied for all of his 149 begins throughout his 30-30 season. After setting the franchise’s rookie dwelling run document in 2021, first baseman Ryan Mountcastle was listed second, with designated hitter Trey Mancini behind him.
Outfielders Austin Hays and Anthony Santander have been subsequent, respectively, within the lineup, with Orioles supervisor Brandon Hyde placing Hays in proper and Santander in left — the other of what was anticipated.
Most of the uncertainty about Hyde’s beginning lineup centered on the infield mixture, and reverse McClanahan, he went with three right-handed bats. Second baseman Ramón Urías hits sixth, shortstop Jorge Mateo will bat seventh and third baseman Kelvin Gutiérrez was within the ninth spot. Making his Orioles debut, Robinson Chirinos, eighth within the order, will catch left-hander John Means, making his second straight season-opening begin for the Orioles.
Infielders Rougned Odor and Chris Owings, outfielders DJ Stewart and Ryan McKenna, and catcher Anthony Bemboom can be found off Hyde’s bench. Gutiérrez, McKenna and Bemboom are amongst eight Orioles on their first opening day roster. Like Chirinos, Odor, Owings and Bemboom have but to seem in a recreation for Baltimore after signing as free brokers between seasons.
Orioles opening day lineup:
Behind beginning pitcher John Means
1. Cedric Mullins, CF
2. Ryan Mountcastle, 1B
3. Trey Mancini, DH
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4. Austin Hays, RF
5. Anthony Santander, LF
6. Ramón Urías, 2B
7. Jorge Mateo, SS
8. Robinson Chirinos, C
9. Kelvin Gutiérrez, 3B
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