Markakis starting at first base (updated)

You want a different lineup? How about Nick Markakis making his first professional start at first base, Felix Pie playing right field, Luke Scott serving as the designated hitter and Matt Wieters batting cleanup?

For the Orioles:

Felix Pie RF
Adam Jones CF
Nick Markakis 1B
Matt Wieters C
Luke Scott DH
J.J. Hardy SS
Nolan Reimold LF
Mark Reynolds 3B
Robert Andino 2B

Brian Matusz LHP

Update: Vladimir Guerrero is getting a day off. His exclusion from the lineup isn't related to an injury. Also, manager Buck Showalter wants to rest Scott's sore shoulder.

Derrek Lee is expected to begin his injury-rehab assignment tomorrow at Double-A Bowie, so he's close to returning. I wouldn't look for a lot of starts at first base for Markakis.

Markakis is such a good athlete, I wouldn't be surprised if he's the second-best first baseman on this team after Lee.


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