Hardy leading off today (with Twins lineup)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Shortstop J.J. Hardy is leading off and left fielder David Lough is batting ninth today for the Orioles' game against the Twins at Ed Smith Stadium.

Don't read anything into it.

Nelson Cruz is playing right field, with Nick Markakis serving as the designated hitter. This is Cruz's first start in the outfield.

For the Orioles
J.J. Hardy SS
Nick Markakis DH
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Nelson Cruz RF
Matt Wieters C
Ryan Flaherty 2B
Alex Gonzalez 3B
David Lough LF

Bud Norris RHP

Kevin Gausman will follow Norris to the mound.

For the Twins
Darin Mastroianni CF
Danny Santana SS
Trevor Plouffe 3B
Chris Parmelee RF
Chris Colabello 1B
Jason Kubel DH
Wilkin Ramirez LF
Jomil Pinto C
Jason Bartlett 2B

Vance Worley RHP

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