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By Peter Schmuck, The Baltimore Sun | March 5, 2012
Nolan Reimold didn't have to wait long to find out if Orioles manager Buck Showalter was thinking seriously about him hitting in the leadoff spot if veteran leadoff man Brian Roberts is not ready to start the season . Reimold was at the top of the lineup when the Orioles opened their home exhibition schedule against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night at Ed Smith Stadium. Showalter said Sunday that he was weighing all the possibilities, but Reimold seemed like the most obvious, based on his career numbers and his overall skill set. He might not look like a typical leadoff man. He's a big, rangy guy with good power, which are qualities that lend themselves more to a place in the middle of the order, but Showalter liked the way Reimold extended at-bats last year and sees him as someone who can be a solid on-base threat.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 23, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. -- In today's Baltimore Sun, I gave a projected Orioles Opening Day lineup now that the club has added designated hitter/outfielder Nelson Cruz as a middle-of-the order bat. Here was my batting order, as it ran in the paper today: Nick Markakis RF: The favorite to assume leadoff position after hitting .335 in that spot in 2012 Manny Machado 3B: Lineup shifts if Machado has not recovered from knee surgery by Opening Day ...
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | May 9, 2010
— In his latest attempt to get Adam Jones out of his offensive tailspin, Orioles manager Dave Trembley removed him from the leadoff spot, batting him second in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader and seventh in the nightcap. Jones, who has made 15 starts in the leadoff spot in place of the injured Brian Roberts, is just 12-for-64 (.188) with three walks and a .224 on-base percentage in those games. Overall, he is hitting .227 with three homers and seven RBIs after going 3-for-8 in the Orioles' doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins.
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By Daniel Gallen and The Baltimore Sun | June 16, 2013
As third baseman Manny Machado continues to hit doubles at a record pace, right fielder Nick Markakis has had one of the best views for the 20-year-old's performances: the on-deck circle. Machado has hit second in all 70 of the Orioles' games, and Markakis has been in the No. 3 spot for 51 of them. And while he was in front of Machado on Sunday, in the leadoff spot for the 17th time this year, Markakis still got to see Machado do what he does best when he pulled the ball down the left-field line for his 32nd double of the year against left-hander Jon Lester in the first inning.
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By Eduardo A. Encina | July 19, 2012
The Orioles' experiment batting right fielder Nick Markakis out of the leadoff spot is paying off. Markakis began hitting leadoff in the Orioles first game after the All-Star break. In seven games since moving there, Markakis is hitting .429  (12-for-28) following his third-inning single Thursday.  “It's something I always had in the back of my head,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “I think Nicky's capable of hitting just about anywhere in the order. But really got his attention when I told him he could get another 50 at-bats, he was all for that.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 23, 2012
It's not that Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis was opposed to batting leadoff. It's just that the concept never crossed his mind. Or, really, anyone else's in the organization. At least not until desperation set in this July, when oft-injured table-setter Brian Roberts was placed on the disabled list again. "I didn't think I'd ever be leadoff. But somebody's got to do it with BRob being out," said Markakis, who has batted first in every game since the All-Star break after never doing it before in his career.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Sun Staff Correspondent | March 22, 1991
DUNEDIN, Fla. -- He is known as an impatient hitter, one who will chase the pitcher's pitch and suddenly find himself walking back to the bench, bat drooping.But Mike Devereaux is adjusting well to the lessons he's learning this spring and is hitting line drives everywhere.After going 2-for-3, including a double, in the Baltimore Orioles' 11-9 Grapefruit League victory yesterday over the Toronto Blue Jays, Devereaux is batting .412 this spring, second on the club to Cal Ripken's .448 among the regulars.
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June 23, 1997
Cubs: Brian McRae, the usual leadoff hitter, batted second for the first time this season. Doug Glanville took over the leadoff spot for McRae, who is hitting .194 (20-for-103) in his past 28 games.Pub Date: 6/23/97
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | December 13, 2012
The Orioles will likely officially announce they've resigned outfielder Nate McLouth to a one-year deal today, assuming everything goes well with his physical. And now that McLouth is back in the fold, one major question is whether he would return to the leadoff spot where he flourished for the last month of the season after Nick Markakis went down with a broken left thumb. Needless to say, McLouth's production out of the leadoff spot played a pivotal role in getting the Orioles to the postseason, and once the O's made the playoffs, McLouth was arguably the team's best hitter.
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May 6, 2000
Quote: "They can put 5 million people in the stands and it won't affect what's going on between the lines. . They're not going to draw us offsides." - Cardinals' Eric Davis, on the hoopla surrounding the Mark McGwire-Ken Griffey matchup that began last night It's a fact: The Pirates are 6-4 in 10 games since Jason Kendall was moved from the leadoff spot to third. However, leadoff batters are batting .105 (4-for-38) and have scored four runs. Who's hot: Cardinals pitcher Rick Ankiel has two homers in his first 12 at-bats, plus a triple and five RBIs and is batting .462.
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Peter Schmuck | March 2, 2013
Nick Markakis doesn't want your sympathy, though he definitely deserves some. The guy suffered through so many of those terrible years when the Orioles organization was wandering through the desert, and then he had to sit in the dugout last October and watch his teammates enjoy the team's first playoff run since 1997. That's just not fair. Markakis has been the good soldier since he broke in with the Orioles in 2006. He has led by example. He has provided production and stability in an otherwise dysfunctional environment for most of his career.
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By Matt Vensel | February 28, 2013
It isn't even March 1 yet, so the Orioles are a long way away from choosing which 25 players will start out on the Opening Day roster, let alone which hitter will bat first in the order when the season opens in Tampa Bay. But, for me, one of the interesting subplots of spring training will be discovering which player will lead off. The Orioles can no longer pencil in Brian Roberts as a sure thing atop the order. Roberts was the best one of the best leadoff hitters in baseball before his body began to break down and he began having concussion issues.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | December 13, 2012
The Orioles will likely officially announce they've resigned outfielder Nate McLouth to a one-year deal today, assuming everything goes well with his physical. And now that McLouth is back in the fold, one major question is whether he would return to the leadoff spot where he flourished for the last month of the season after Nick Markakis went down with a broken left thumb. Needless to say, McLouth's production out of the leadoff spot played a pivotal role in getting the Orioles to the postseason, and once the O's made the playoffs, McLouth was arguably the team's best hitter.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2012
Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis resumed normal offseason workouts a few weeks ago after recovering from surgery to repair a broken left thumb that cost him the last month of the regular season and the team's first postseason in 15 years. "As good as I'm going to get right now.” Markakis said Tuesday. “I've already started all my stuff and I'm ready to roll. And actually, [I'm] anxious to get down there [to spring training]. I don't have any setbacks.” Markakis, who attended Tuesday's Oriole REACH holiday party at Dave & Busters in the Arundel Mills Mall , said he's antsy to help build on the Orioles' success last season - which he knows comes with higher expectations.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2012
Buck Showalter spoke optimistically following Saturday night's 5-4 win over the Yankees about right fielder Nick Markakis potentially returning from a broken left thumb if the Orioles went deep into the postseason. Before Sunday's series finale against New York, Showalter admitted it was wishful thinking. A series of tests over the next two days will give the Orioles a definitive answer whether Markakis will need surgery that would most certainly end his 2012 season regardless of the Orioles' future.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 23, 2012
It's not that Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis was opposed to batting leadoff. It's just that the concept never crossed his mind. Or, really, anyone else's in the organization. At least not until desperation set in this July, when oft-injured table-setter Brian Roberts was placed on the disabled list again. "I didn't think I'd ever be leadoff. But somebody's got to do it with BRob being out," said Markakis, who has batted first in every game since the All-Star break after never doing it before in his career.
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By Jim Henneman and Jamison Hensley and Jim Henneman and Jamison Hensley,Staff Writers Patti Singer contributed to this article | July 16, 1993
For the first time since his return from the disabled list one week ago, Brady Anderson was back in the leadoff spot.Anderson replaced Harold Reynolds, who recently ended a team-best, 15-game hitting streak at the top of the batting order. Reynolds, who led off 19 straight games for the Orioles, went back to the ninth spot in the order."It's not that big of a deal," said Anderson, who had hit eighth after returning to the lineup following a bout with chickenpox. "Sure, the leadoff spot is more important because you score more runs and the best hitters on the club are hitting behind you. But I just want to go out and play wherever they put me."
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By Eduardo A. Encina | July 19, 2012
The Orioles' experiment batting right fielder Nick Markakis out of the leadoff spot is paying off. Markakis began hitting leadoff in the Orioles first game after the All-Star break. In seven games since moving there, Markakis is hitting .429  (12-for-28) following his third-inning single Thursday.  “It's something I always had in the back of my head,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “I think Nicky's capable of hitting just about anywhere in the order. But really got his attention when I told him he could get another 50 at-bats, he was all for that.
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By Peter Schmuck, The Baltimore Sun | July 13, 2012
The Orioles are looking outside the organization for an on-base threat to increase production at the top of the lineup, but manager Buck Showalter obviously couldn't wait any longer for help in the leadoff spot. That's why right fielder Nick Markakis has gone right from the disabled list into a slot in the batting order that he had never occupied in 996 previous major league games. Obviously, drastic situations call for drastic measures. The club is batting a dismal .264 in the leadoff spot and ranks 26th in the majors with a .302 on-base percentage.
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