Orioles left fielder Nate McLouth, who hit seventh in last night's starting lineup, will bat in the No. 3 hole tonight against the Royals. McLouth was 2-for-4 with an RBI double in the Orioles' 7-1 win over the Royals on Friday night.

"Nate, just a good fit today," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "Like I said, we’re just going to kind of look at it day-to-day, the people we’re facing and the way it fits for their bullpen. And the challenge obviously for their starter initially. But it’s a good fit for us today, we’ll see what tomorrow brings."  

In other news:

-- Right hander Jason Hammel was scheduled to throw off an incline around 4:30 this afternoon, his first throwing session off non-flat ground to test his surgically repaired right knee. He said he's planning on remaining with the club over the remainder of his rehab before going on a minor-league rehab assignment.

-- Rookie utility man Ryan Flaherty (bacterial infection) is slated to report to Triple-A Norfolk Tuesday for a minor-league rehab assignment. He could play in games as early at Tuesday.

-- Orioles hitting coach Jim Presley is slated to return to the team on Tuesday. He left Thursday after the death of his father.

Here are tonight's starting lineups:

Nick Markakis  RF
J.J. Hardy  SS
Nate McLouth LF
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Wilson Betemit 1B
Chris Davis DH
Manny Machado  3B
Omar Quintanilla 2B
Chris Tillman RHP