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Monday afternoon game thread: vs. Royals, 1:05

Zac Lowther makes his first start for the Orioles since May. Can Baltimore ride the momentum from a series win in New York?

Toronto Blue Jays v Baltimore Orioles Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images

Happy Labor Day, folks! Hopefully you have the day off work. Some may wonder why you would spend the holiday watching the worst team in baseball, but you’ll find no judgement here. This is a safe space.

Perhaps you’re still riding high off that series win in New York. The Orioles have found a way to frustrate the Yankees this season, and I’ve appreciated all their labor in that regard.

The Birds now turn their focus to the Royals in a three game set at Camden Yards. The Orioles have recalled Zac Lowther to start today’s game. Lowther has not pitched in a game with the big club since July 7. He last started on May 8 when he allowed seven runs in just 2.1 innings. Here’s hoping he’s picked up a thing or two during his time with Norfolk.

The Orioles need to make a corresponding roster move to bring back Lowther, and the club had not made that announcement as of 12:25. In fact, they had yet to post a starting lineup at all. Ramón Urías could be a candidate for the injured list after leaving yesterday’s contest with an upper-leg injury.

Conspiracy theories are running amuck with the delayed lineup release. Is Adley Rutschman on his way to Baltimore? Are the Orioles throwing Ryan Ripken a bone on the anniversary of his father playing in game 2,131?

The answer is likely a lot less exciting. Perhaps the Orioles are weighing whether to option Zack Burdi or another reliever you forgot was hiding in the bullpen.

For now, you can check out Paul’s series preview for more information on the Royals. I’ll update this post with the lineup shortly after the O’s make a decision.

Update: The Orioles have optioned RHP Dusten Knight to Triple-A Norfolk. Today’s lineup is posted below.

  1. Cedric Mullins DH
  2. Ryan Mountcastle 1B
  3. Austin Hays LF
  4. Anthony Santander RF
  5. Jorge Mateo SS
  6. Ryan McKenna CF
  7. Jahmai Jones 2B
  8. Kelvin Gutierrez 3B
  9. Austin Wynns C

Starter: LHP Zac Lowther