What’s happening? –Félix Hernández will make his third start of the spring on Tuesday when the Orioles play the Tampa Bay Rays at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Florida at 1:05 pm. Ryan Yarbrough will start for Tampa Bay.
In his first two starts, Hernández has a 9.64 ERA. He’s allowed five earned runs on his six hits in 4 2/3 innings while walking two and striking out three. His velocity has been in the mid-80s.
Richie Martin, who hasn’t play this spring after surgery to remove the hamate bone in his left hand, is scheduled to play for the first time. He played in a simulated game in Sarasota on Monday morning.
Reliever Hunter Harvey remains out because of a strained oblique muscle. There’s no timetable for his return.
“The oblique is super sore,” manager Brandon Hyde said. “We’re going to have to give it time and see how it goes.”
Third baseman Rio Ruiz, who hadn’t played since March 6th because of illness, will be the designated hitter against the Rays.
“I had all the stuff going on, symptoms [for Covid-19] … luckily, we dodged a bullet there,” Ruiz said. “I definitely worried about it, especially being out for the whole week that I was. I didn’t know how long I was going to be out … luckily, we did everything we needed to do and took all the tests I needed to take and was able to get back today.”
The Orioles are working on an agreement with free-agent third baseman Maikel Franco. The signing is expected to be made official this week.
Ruiz said he’s not concerned.
“I just worry about the things that I can control,” he said. “I don’t make decisions around here. Nobody in the clubhouse does. As long as you play your game and worry about yourself, everything will be fine.”
What happened? The Orioles scored eight runs in the seventh inning in a 12-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Florida.
Jahmai Jones hit a three-run home run, and Gunnar Henderson had a two-run single to key the inning.
Austin Hays and Freddy Galvis had back-to-back home runs in the second. Ruiz, Tyler Nevin and Anthony Santander each had two of the Orioles’ 15 hits.
“I thought we had good at-bats all day long, up and down the order,” Hyde said. “I thought we did a lot of good things offensively, and I’m even more pleased with our defense. I thought we played very, very well defensively for the second game in a row, something we hadn’t been doing so far this spring.”
Ruiz had two doubles.
“He made a great play defensively on a diving play to his left,” Hyde said. “And was competitive at the plate, going left-on-left with a ground-rule double. It was a nice first day back for him.”
Hyde isn’t able to designate a beginning third baseman.
“Nothing’s set in stone proper now,” Hyde mentioned.
Matt Harvey pitched 4 innings, permitting two runs on 5 hits, together with Ke’Bryan Hayes’ residence run. He struck out 4 and didn’t stroll a batter.
“I left a foul curveball hanging within the first inning after which they type of chipped away at a run within the third,” Harvey mentioned. “General, I used to be joyful about pounding the zone and never strolling anyone. Couple of hits right here and there are going to occur, however I believed I used to be capable of restrict the harm fairly properly.”
Harvey allowed three runs on 4 hits in opposition to Toronto in Dunedin on March fifth.
“Giving up runs and hits will not be very best, however so far as mechanically via the outing, I feel there was possibly one or two hiccups I may really feel,” Harvey mentioned. “Apart from that, every thing was fairly stable.”
Keegan Akin pitched the final three innings, permitting a run on three hits, placing out 5 with out strolling a batter.
What’s up with? Fernando Abad retired the 2 batters he confronted. Abad is a non-roster left-hander. In 4 video games, Abad has allowed 5 runs on eight hits in 3 2/3 innings.
In 9 main league seasons with six groups, Abad is 8-29 with a 3.67 ERA.
What’s what It doesn’t hassle César Valdez that so many younger pitchers throw arduous and he doesn’t. The veteran right-hander, who turns 36 on Wednesday, is excellent at altering speeds.
“It’s enjoyable to observe these younger guys,” Valdez mentioned via a translator. “It’s unbelievable to be right here in camp, watching so many younger guys, so many arduous throwers. I can’t do this. My factor is my breaking ball, my off[speed] pitches, making an attempt to get as many out with the perfect pitches that I’ve.
“As soon as I’m there, I’m actually having fun with all these younger guys compete.”
What’s the phrase? “Enjoying in opposition to him when he was with the Phillies after which taking part in with him final 12 months, the man’s bought some severe pop and may do some harm, for certain. Having him at third … he positively has an unbelievable arm and performs a very good third base. He can swing it. From the brief season I spent with him final season, he was an amazing teammate.” Harvey on Franco, with whom he performed final season in Kansas Metropolis.
What’s the quantity? 12. The Orioles scored 12 runs on Monday after scoring 12 of their earlier six video games.
What’s the file? 4-10-1. The Orioles play the Tampa Bay Rays at 1:05 pm on Tuesday. The sport is on MLB.TV, on the Rays’ TV community. It’s additionally obtainable on the Rays’ Radio Community.