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Orioles manager Buck Showalter is using Steve Pearce as his designated hitter, starting Taylor Teagarden behind the plate and putting Alexi Casilla at second base for today's game against the Minnesota Twins at Camden Yards.
Nick Markakis is leading off, with Nolan Reimold in left field and Nate McLouth on the bench against Twins left-hander Pedro Hernandez.
For the Orioles Nick Markakis RF Manny Machado 3B Chris Davis 1B Adam Jones CF Steve Pearce DH J.J. Hardy SS Nolan Reimold LF Taylor Teagarden C Alexi Casilla 2B
Thank goodness Buck. Nick needs to hit in the lead. Its only two games but 2013 is looking like 2012 for the back end of the rotation. Not good especially when the pen is shaky as it is. But the offense looks pretty good. Hammel should win this for us today.