Ruiz is not in the lineup Friday against the Yankees. Ruiz is 1-for-10 over his past four games and will sit Friday, even with righty Corey Kluber on the mound for New York. Pat Valaika will start at the keystone for Baltimore in the series opener.
Ruiz isn't starting Monday's game against the Red Sox, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports. Ruiz will be on the bench for the third time in the last five games with left-hander Martin Perez starting for Boston. Pat Valaika will play second base and bat eighth.
Ruiz will not start Friday's game against Boston, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports. The second baseman has started just one game against a lefty pitcher this season, and that trend continues as he sits while Eduardo Rodriguez starts for the Red Sox. Ruiz has hit three homers this season but has struggled overall at the plate and is no more than a platoon player.
Ruiz is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Mariners, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports. The lefty-hitting Ruiz will take a seat Wednesday with southpaw Yusei Kikuchi on the bump for Seattle. Ruiz appears to be locked into a clear strong-side platoon role, with Ramon Urias typically drawing starts at second base against left-handed pitching.
Ruiz went 1-for-3 with a solo home run, an additional run, a walk and a strikeout as Baltimore fell 5-2 to Seattle on Tuesday. Ruiz's fifth-inning shot knotted the game 1-1 and he came around to score in the ninth on a Trey Mancini single. His .164 average justifies only occasional playing time, even on an Orioles team without any expectations.