Orioles lineup for Tuesday: Nick Markakis RF, Manny Machado 3B, Adam Jones CF, Matt Wieters C, Chris Davis 1B, J.J. Hardy SS, Nolan Reimold LF, Steve Pearce DH, Brian Roberts 2B. Jason Hammel, P.
Rays lineup: Desmond Jennings CF, Sam Fuld RF, Ben Zobrist 2B, Evan Longoria 3B, Matt Joyce LF, Yunel Escobar SS, James Loney 1B, Jose Molina C, Kelly Johnson DH. David Price 1.
The Orioles will begin their 2013 season with their oldest position player batting last, their youngest one hitting second and their right fielder setting a little franchise history for his position.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter unveiled his Opening Day lineup for Tuesday afternoon against the Tampa Bay Rays during Monday's workout — and it includes a few curious wrinkles.
The most interesting is that 20-year-old third baseman Manny Machado, who was at Double-A Bowie this time last year, will bat second against reigning American League Cy Young Award winner David Price.
Showalter said he felt Machado, a right-handed hitter, fit in the spot nicely against the lefty Price and that he has the bat-handling ability to hit second. Showalter also was sending "maybe a little bit" of a message to the phenom that he belongs in the bigs.
"Buck does everything for a reason. He has trust in me. He has faith," Machado said. "And he is going to put the best nine guys out there and nine guys are going to help the team win. So that definitely boosts up my confidence coming into Opening Day, knowing that your manager and all of your teammates have faith in you. I'm just looking really forward to Opening Day."