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Monday afternoon Orioles spring training game thread: at Twins

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The Orioles head on the road for the first time this spring, bringing a lineup that includes an all-Rule 5 double play combo.

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Through two spring games, nobody has beaten the Orioles. This means nothing yet is still fun that it is true. They put their early 2-0 record in games that don’t count to the test on Monday afternoon with their first road trip of spring, where they’ll head to the spring home of the Twins.

The game will not be on your television or your radio today. It will be on your computer or your smart phone, if you desire to find it there. This is the first of the games the O’s will stream online-only, freely available through either Orioles.com or the MLB At Bat app.

I’m not sure at this writing where one will find it on the O’s website, as “Stream spring training game” isn’t exactly part of the generic MLB team site template. I don’t know if it’ll be audio-only, or if there will be some limited camera views available. I’ll keep you posted in the comments.

What I do know is the starting lineup the O’s are sending on this road trip. Early on, it’s been the pattern for new manager Brandon Hyde to give his starters 2-3 at-bats before rotating in the reserves:

  1. Cedric Mullins - CF
  2. Joey Rickard - RF
  3. Renato Núñez - 3B
  4. DJ Stewart - DH
  5. Austin Wynns - C
  6. Jace Peterson - 1B
  7. Eric Young Jr. - LF
  8. Richie Martin - SS
  9. Drew Jackson - 2B

The starting pitcher, probably for the first two innings, is new Oriole Nate Karns. Other pitchers expected to get into the game today are Miguel Castro, Donnie Hart, Hunter Harvey, Chris Lee, Josh Lucas, and Luis Ortiz.

The last MLB action for Karns came on May 19, 2017. His early spring action may be more meaningful than most, since it’s going to be the first sign in a while of how he’s capable of pitching now. Hopefully it goes well for him today and for the rest of the season.

Old friend Jonathan Schoop is batting third in the Twins lineup. Other old friend Nelson Cruz, who is also on the Twins, is not in their starting lineup.