It’s Flaherty’s turn to DH

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Three games, three different designated hitters.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter is shuffling the DH deck again today, going from Steve Pearce on Tuesday to Nolan Reimold yesterday to Ryan Flaherty this afternoon in the series finale against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Nate McLouth remains in the leadoff spot.

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

Miguel Gonzalez RHP

Roberts has started the season with consecutive multi-hit games for the first time in his career. He has 390 multi-hit games, one behind Boog Powell for fourth place on the franchise’s all-time list.

In the first two games of this series, the Orioles’ 3-4-5 hitters are batting .480 (12-for-25) with five doubles, three homers, 11 RBIs and nine runs scored.

For the Rays
Desmond Jennings CF
Matt Joyce LF
Ben Zobrist RF
Evan Longoria 3B
Shelley Duncan DH
Yunel Escobar SS
James Loney 1B
Jose Molina C
Ryan Roberts 2B

Roberto Hernandez RHP

Nice trivia question today from Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times: Hernandez ends a streak of 1,060 games started by Rays pitchers 30 and under. Name the last hurler over 30 to start a game for them.

Wait for it...

Wait for it...

Mark Hendrickson.

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