Orioles pregame: McLouth hitting third in O's lineup


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


Alex Gordon LF

Alcides Escobar SS

Mike Moustakas 3B

Billy Butler DH

Lorenzo Cain CF

Salvador Perez C

Jeff Francoeur RF

Eric Hosmer 1B

Chris Getz 2B

Luis Mendoza RHP

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