Orioles lineup vs. Tampa Bay

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter will try to salvage the last game of this series by using his right-handed lineup today against Rays lefty Matt Moore.

Nick Markakis is leading off and J.J. Hardy is batting third. Danny Valencia is the designated hitter and Steve Pearce is starting in left field.

Alexi Casilla is starting at second base.

For the Orioles
Nick Markakis RF
Manny Machado 3B
J.J. Hardy SS
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Matt Wieters C
Danny Valencia DH
Steve Pearce LF
Alexi Casilla 2B

Chris Tillman RHP

The Orioles have recorded just six hits in the first two games of this series, batting .101 (6-for-59). They have one extra-base hit in the two games after entering the series with a streak of 34 consecutive games with at least two extra-base hits.

The Orioles were last held to four hits or less in consecutive games against Tampa Bay on Oct. 2-3 at Tropicana Field.

Dating back to last season, Tillman has not allowed more than three runs in any of his last 10 starts on the road, tied with the Tigers’ Max Scherzer and the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw for the longest such active streak in the majors, according to STATS.

According to STATS, Davis has posted a 1.170 OPS against the American League East this season, the highest mark by a player against his own division in the majors. Giants catcher Buster Posey is second with a
1.123 OPS against the National League West.

Machado has hit safely in 23 of his last 25 road games, batting .383 (44-for-115) with 14 doubles, three homers, 13 RBIs and 18 runs scored. He’s hit in 15 of his last 16 road games, going 29-for-75 (.387) with eight doubles, two homers, nine RBIs and 11 runs scored. Machado has the most hits on the road in the majors with 54.

Here are the pitching matchups for the series against the Angels at Camden Yards:

Monday: Freddy Garcia vs. Jered Weaver
Tuesday: Miguel Gonzalez vs. Jason Vargas
Wednesday: Jason Hammel vs. TBA

Draft review: The Orioles made a total of 41 selections in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft. The club chose 14 high school players and 27 college players. Right-handed pitchers accounted for 13 of the selections, and 10 left-handed pitchers were chosen. The Orioles also took nine infielders, five outfielders and four catchers.

Shameless plug alert: I’m appearing on O’s Xtra today, live from The Trop, beginning at 1 p.m. on MASN.

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