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Saturday evening Orioles game thread: at Reds, 6:40 ET

There’s reason for excitement and also caution as John Means makes his first start of the season, and his first start as a regular member of the Orioles rotation since April 2022, when he was shut down for Tommy John surgery. The 31-year-old’s return to the rotation was delayed a few extra weeks this spring, and the month of April saw him make six rehab starts in Triple-A. Let’s say he started slow but got better: he allowed a total 18 runs in 18.2 innings but his last start for Norfolk a was a seven-inning shutout. He threw 95 pitches that day to give this team confidence that he needs no innings limitations.