Flaherty starting at first base (Astros lineup added)

Ryan Flaherty is making a rare start for the Orioles tonight, replacing Chris Davis at first base in the series opener against the Astros at Camden Yards.

Davis will serve as the designated hitter instead of Henry Urrutia.

Flaherty hasn’t started since July 5. He’s had three at-bats since that date, the last coming on July 13. His last appearance came nine days later.

Flaherty has appeared in one game at first base this season, going 0-for-1.

Davis hasn’t homered since the All-Star break and he’s struck out in 22 consecutive games, a franchise record. He’s struck out 39 times in his last 22 games.

For the Orioles

Nate McLouth LF
Manny Machado 3B
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis DH
Matt Wieters C
J.J. Hardy SS
Ryan Flaherty 1B
Brian Roberts 2B

Wei-Yin Chen LHP

For the Astros

Jonathan Villar SS
Jose Altuve 2B
Jason Castro C
Chris Carter 1B
Justin Maxwell RF
Carlos Corporan C
Brandon Barnes CF
Matt Dominguez 3B
Robbie Grossman CD

Lucas Harrell RHP

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