Orioles vs. Yankees lineups and pregame notes

*Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis and his wife, Christina, welcomed their third child, a boy named Toby, this afternoon. Christina was scheduled to have labor induced at UMBC very early this morning and manager Buck Showalter got a text from Nick around 3:15 p.m. ET that the baby had been born –weighing eight pounds– and he was planning on heading to the field for tonight’s game. Showalter said he expected Markakis to try to talk himself into the starting lineup.

*Orioles attendance is up this year more than 15 percent and MASN’s ratings are up more than 50 percent from 2012. Additionally, the O’s merchandise sales are up more than 89 percent, which is the biggest increase in baseball.

Baltimore is on pace for the best regional sports network season rating on record (since 2001) and its highest attendance (at around 2.4 million) since 2005.

*The Orioles will join Major League Baseball tonight to commemorate the 12th anniversary of September 11 by wearing special caps with the American flag for the game against the New York Yankees.

The game-worn, autographed and authenticated hats will be auctioned online at http://www.orioles.com/auction  beginning at 7:00 p.m. tonight, with all proceeds to benefit the Frank J. Battaglia Signal 13 Foundation, which provides financial assistance to Baltimore Police Department personnel who suffer extreme personal emergencies. The auction will be open until Wednesday, September 18 at 11:59 p.m.

The Orioles will also observe a moment of silence prior to tonight’s National Anthem in honor of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. In addition the U.S. Army Quartet will sing “God Bless America” during the 7th inning stretch.

Here are your lineups for Game 3 of the four-game set, with the big news out of New York captain Derek Jeter being placed on the disabled list to end his season….

Brett Gardner CF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Alfonso Soriano LF
Curtis Granderson RF
Mark Reynolds 3B
Lyle Overbay 1B
Brendan Ryan SS
Chris Stewart C

Andy Pettitte LHP

Brian Roberts 2B
Manny Machado 3B
Chris Davis 1B
Adam Jones CF
Danny Valencia DH
Matt Wieters C
J.J. Hardy SS
Michael Morse RF
Nate McLouth LF

Scott Feldman RHP

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