Nick Markakis will be Orioles' designated hitter for series finale in Boston

BOSTON -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter said in the first days of spring training that he wanted to float the designated hitter spot among different players.

After seeing his DH's open the season 1-for-26 with a .038 batting average, the lowest in the American League, Showalter has placed Nick Markakis in that spot for the Orioles' series finale in Boston on Thursday.


The move also allows Showalter to get left-handed hitting outfielder Chris Dickerson, who joined the team Wednesday from Triple-A Norfolk, into the lineup against Boston right-hander Alfredo Aceves. The right-handed hitting Nolan Reimold is getting a day off before the Orioles face two left-handers – C.C. Sabathia and Andy Pettitte – this weekend at Yankee Stadium.

Reimold, who returned to the lineup Wednesday as the DH after leaving Sunday's game with right hamstring tightness, is 1-for-13 in the DH spot but drew a criticial two-out walk during the Orioles' five-run ninth in their 8-5 comeback win over the Red Sox on Wednesday night.


"We're going to try to move that around like we've talked about it all along," Showalter said of the DH spot. "I want to get Chris in the lineup. I want to make sure Nolan is available against two out of three three left-handers. I didn't want to take a chance with him running last night."

Now that Reimold is healthy and the Orioles have gone down to 12 pitchers, it allows Showalter a little more flexibility with a full four-man bench.

Here are the both teams' starting lineups:

Nate McLouth LF
Manny Machado 3B
Nick Markakis DH
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Matt Wieters C
JJ Hardy SS
Chris Dickerson RF
Alexi Casilla 2B
Chris Tillman RHP

Red Sox
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Shane Victorino RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Mike Napoli 1B
Will Middlebrooks 3B
Daniel Nava DH
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Stephen Drew SS
Jackie Bradley, Jr. LF
Alfredo Aceves RHP