Nick Markakis will bat leadoff for the first time in his career tonight

The Orioles resume play tonight with a second-half kickoff against the Detroit Tigers at Camden Yards.

And they are doing it with a wrinkle you have never seen before.

Right fielder Nick Markakis, who will be playing for the first time for the Orioles since having surgery to remove the hamate bone in his right wrist on June 1, is batting leadoff.

He’s never done that in his seven-year big league career, which spans 996 games. He has most frequently batted third (543 starts) while making 294 starts at the No. 2 spot. He has hit in every lineup spot but first in his career.

Two other things about Friday’s lineup: Outfielder Endy Chavez, who is back from a hamstring injury, is not starting. Chris Davis gets the nod in left. And catcher Taylor Teagarden is not with the team. He is playing for Class-A Delmarva tonight.

Teagarden, who has dealt with a back issue since the spring, is expected to be activated from the DL soon, with reserve catcher Ronny Paulino thought to be a pending roster casualty. But Paulino is still here.

Here are the lineups:

Orioles: Markakis 9, Hardy 6, Thome DH, Jones 8, Wieters 2, Davis 7, Reynolds 3, Betemit 5, Andino 4, Hammel 1.

Tigers: Jackson 8, Berry 7, Cabrera 5, Fielder 3, Young DH, Boesch 9, Peralta 6, Avila 2, Raburn 4. Fister 1.

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