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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 21, 2013
Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis, who has been out of action with a small disk herniation in his neck since he was scratched from the starting lineup on March 1, was cleared to resume baseball activities Thursday and could play in a Grapefruit League game by Monday, if all goes well. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Markakis will begin hitting off a tee and start throwing on Friday as part of a three- to four-day progression that will include soft-toss, light swinging and coach's batting practice.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | April 22, 2014
The Toronto Blue Jays traded for R.A. Dickey before the 2013 season for the knuckleballer to anchor their rebuilt rotation, but he hasn't had much success against the Orioles.  The Orioles teed off on the 39-year-old right-hander in three starts last year, hitting five home runs and scoring 16 runs in 18 2/3 innings. They won two of three matchups against Dickey last year, though they haven't faced him since June 21. If the Orioles are going to return home from their current seven-game road trip with a winning record -- they're currently 2-2 -- getting another win off Dickey would be a good start.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 26, 2013
The Orioles make their final road trip of the spring today -- and it is to Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, Fla., to face the Minnesota Twins. This will be Kevin Gausman's last start for the Orioles this spring before heading to minor league camp. He'll be facing most of the Twins' regulars, but the most intriguing matchup will be Gausman versus another highly touted minor leaguer, Twins third baseman Miguel Sano. Sano, 19, is considered a Top 10 player on many prospect lists. The Orioles were close to signing the Dominican teenager when he agreed to a $3.15 million bonus with the Twins.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 19, 2014
BOSTON - Orioles rookie third baseman Jonathan Schoop is still trying to feel his way through his first real opportunity to contribute as a major leaguer. The organization's top position player prospect, Schoop has had his share of growing pains under a particularly bright spotlight as he's filled in at for injured Gold Glover Manny Machado. The 22-year-old didn't experience much pain on Friday. In the Orioles' first trip to Fenway Park this season, Schoop helped rally the Orioles to an 8-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox with his first career four-hit game in front of an announced crowd of 36,408.
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By Matt Vensel | June 2, 2011
Looking to snap his squad -- and his struggling right fielder -- out of their funk, Orioles manager Buck Showalter on Wednesday busted out a bizarre lineup that brought back memories of Crazy Uncle Dave Trembley's final weeks in Baltimore (when Trembley was scrambling to resuscitate his team and save his job). Designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero got the afternoon off, Felix Pie played in right field and Nick Markakis was moved to the infield and started at first base for the first time since high school.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2012
With the season-ending injury to right fielder Nick Markakis on Saturday night, Buck Showalter had to “shuffle the cards” as he says. And he sure did Sunday. Left fielder Nate McLouth, who has batted primarily third in the last month, will be moved up the leadoff spot. He's done that nearly 300 times in his career and compiled a .340 on-base percentage in those games. “I like it,” McLouth said of batting leadoff. “I know what type of hitter and what type of player I am. So I'm not going to change my approach in the way I go about things.  I'm just trying to put the ball in play and take advantage of whatever situation presents itself.” Davis, who has been relegated to DH with the emergence of McLouth, Manny Machado and Mark Reynolds' improvement at first, is now back in right field today - where he played 17 games (15 starts)
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By Dan Connolly and Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2012
With the Orioles in the midst of their champagne and beer spewing celebration Friday night in the visitor's clubhouse at Rangers Ballpark, one player really stood out - the one guy who seemed to take it as a personal challenge to soak every human being in the room. That's what happens when arguably the team's most competitive player has had to sit out for a month with a broken thumb while his teammates chase an extended playoff run. So injured right fielder Nick Markakis wrapped his left hand in a plastic baggy and took to the offensive with beer and champagne, spraying it and kicking up the puddles and drenching anyone he could.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2012
MINNEAPOLIS - The Orioles' experiment batting right fielder Nick Markakis in 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 batting .387 (12-for-31). He was 1-for-5 with an RBI in Thursday's 4-3 win over the Twins. "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.
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By Peter Schmuck, The Baltimore Sun | March 8, 2012
Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis has made enough progress in his recovery from abdominal surgery that he will make his first Grapefruit League appearance on Wednesday against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Ed Smith Stadium. The original plan called for Markakis to play in the last 10-12 exhibition games, so the Mar. 14 start is a modest acceleration of his rehabilitation program. He'll make his first start in the designated hitter slot and probably continue to DH for a few games before going out to right field.
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By Phil Rogers | September 26, 2010
The Orioles' Nick Markakis remains one of the best hitters no one notices. He entered the weekend with 43 doubles, making him only the third player in history to have four consecutive seasons of at least 43 doubles. The other two were Joe Medwick and Tris Speaker . … The Rays hold a tiebreaker edge over the Yankees, which means they will go into the playoffs as the East champs if the teams wind up tied. Both would much rather host the Rangers in the first round than visit the Twins.
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April 19, 2014
Defense has been a staple of the Orioles' success the past two seasons, and the team enters this afternoon's game against the Boston Red Sox leading the major leagues with a .995 fielding percentage. The Orioles have made just three errors this season, all of them at third base by players filling in for Platinum Glove winner Manny Machado. They also haven't made an error in seven road games this season. Last year's team set a major league record for fewest errors in a 162-game season (54)
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 16, 2014
Orioles manager Buck Showalter's decision to pitch right-hander Miguel Gonzalez in today's series finale against Tampa Bay appears to have paid off. Gonzalez held the Rays scoreless for five innings this afternoon, yielding just three hits while recording six strikeouts and walking three batters. After the scoreless outing today, Gonzalez has allowed three earned runs over 11 innings in his past two starts. Gonzalez was scheduled to start Tuesday's game against the Rays, but after it was rained out, Showalter pushed Gonzalez to today.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 10, 2014
NEW YORK -- Much of the attention heading into the Orioles' series finale against the New York Yankees on Wednesday night shined squarely on Japanese sensation Masahiro Tanaka making his first start in pinstripes at Yankee Stadium, but the Orioles managed to steal the New York spotlight with a late-inning rally fitting of a Broadway crescendo. The Orioles broke open a tie game with two runs in the ninth inning off Yankees interim closer Shawn Kelley - a rally fueled by the bottom of the lineup - to propel themselves to a 5-4 win in front of an announced crowd of 39,412.
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The Baltimore Sun | April 9, 2014
A collection of what other media outlets are saying about the Orioles as they prepare to complete their road trip with a 7:05 p.m. game against the New York Yankees tonight: * While Orioles fans wait for Manny Machado to return to the lineup, they can be happy knowing that the 21-year-old third baseman is among the "toolsiest" players in baseball, according to FiveThirtyEight.com's Jeff Sullivan . Also, according to Sullivan's data, Orioles...
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | April 5, 2014
Hey, I can be optimistic for only so long. (I'm kidding. Optimism isn't my strength). By Game 4, with the Orioles having dropped three straight and struggling on the mound and in the batter's box, it's worth mentioning a few of their most troubling numbers so far. To be fair, it's also worth pointing out that the Orioles have played four games. That's 2 percent of the season. There is absolutely, positively no reason to panic yet, especially considering that the two teams they have played met in a six-game American League Championship Series last year.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2014
It's easy to be critical of the Orioles' offense three games into the season, simply because we've seen the script play out this way before. Down the stretch last season, and even as far back as the 2012 postseason, the vaunted Orioles offense had its share of impatient at-bats and struggles with runners in scoring position. When the Orioles offense is clicking, it's one of the best in the game. But when it's slumping, it can be downright ugly to watch. Granted, we're nowhere near that point yet. It's only three games into the season.
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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 and The Baltimore Sun | March 3, 2013
Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis was scratched from the starting lineup for Sunday afternoon's Grapefruit League game against the Phillies after he woke up with neck spasms. “We're just going to be careful with him,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “He never had it before. He got better as the day went on. He's got some muscle relaxers and all that stuff, and we'll see where we are in a couple of days.” With Monday's off day and Tuesday's road game in Dunedin against the Blue Jays - veteran starters don't often make road trips this early in camp - Markakis will get an additional two days off. But Showalter said the injury was not a spring training precaution, and that Markakis would have missed the game had it occurred during the regular season.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 31, 2014
Nick Markakis, the longest-tentured Orioles player, will make his eighth straight Opening Day start in right field this afternoon. After testing his stiff neck during batting practice today, Markakis will be in the starting lineup batting leadoff. It will mark the most consecutive Opening Day starts by an Orioles outfielder since Paul Blair made 12 straight starts in center field from 1965 to 1976.  Two Orioles infielders -- second baseman Jonathan Schoop and third baseman Ryan Flaherty -- will be making their first Opening Day starts.
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By Dan Connolly | March 31, 2014
We are awaiting official word on the Orioles' Opening Day lineup. The delay surely has to do with right fielder Nick Markakis who has been dealing with a stiff neck the past two days. He said he had treatment again Monday morning and said he feels "a lot better. " But he is going to take swings in batting practice before declaring himself ready. “I've been around long enough to know which injuries I can baby and which injuries I need to take care of. This is one that's kind of in-between,” Markakis said.
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