"I've been here long enough to know which injuries I can baby and which injuries I need to take care of," Markakis said. "This is one that is kind of in between."
Markakis will be making his eighth Opening Day start for the Orioles, who had several new faces for the orange carpet, including their No. 5-ranked prospectJonathan Schoop, who got the start at second base and will bat ninth. Ryan Flaherty, a former Rule 5 Draft pick, took over third-base duties in Manny Machado's absence, with non-roster invitee Delmon Young starting at designated hitter against Red Sox lefty Jon Lester.