Now it’s Flaherty’s turn at second base (and a few notes)

Rule 5 pick Ryan Flaherty gets the start tonight at second base against Twins right-hander Samuel Deduno.

Left-hander Zach Britton makes his debut with the Orioles tonight. No roster move has been announced, but second baseman Robert Andino will be placed on the disabled list.

For the Orioles:
Nick Markakis RF
J.J. Hardy SS
Jim Thome DH
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Mark Reynolds 1B
Chris Davis LF
Wilson Betemit 3B
Ryan Flaherty 2B

Zach Britton LHP

For the Twins:
Denard Span CF
Ben Revere RF
Joe Mauer C
Josh Willingham LF
Justin Morneau 1B
Trevor Plouffe 3B
Ryan Doumit DH
Brian Dozier SS
Jamey Carroll 2B

Samuel Deduno RHP

NOTES: As expected, the Orioles are listing Tommy Hunter as tomorrow night’s starter.

In his four games back from the disabled list, Markakis is batting .368 (7-for-19) with four doubles, an RBI, three runs scored and a .979 OPS in the leadoff spot.

In two games since tossing a scoreless inning in the All-Star Game, closer Jim Johnson has allowed eight runs (six earned) and eight hits, and hit a batter, in 1 1/3 innings. His ERA has risen from 1.21 to 2.56.

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