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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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Peter Schmuck and The Schmuck Stops Here | October 11, 2014
If the soggy opener of the American League Championship Series proved anything, it is that there is no sense in trying to generalize about two teams that have spent this postseason defying baseball logic. The Kansas City Royals are supposed to be the team that doesn't hit for power, so they jumped out in front in Game 1 on a home run by a guy, Alcides Escobar, who had three home runs in the regular season and won the game on extra-inning blasts by Alex Gordon and  Mike Moustakas .  They are known for their speed but scored eight runs Friday night without stealing a single base.
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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 Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2014
If the circumstances were different, Matt Wieters might have been surrounded by reporters during Thursday's media availability at Camden Yards. As his Orioles teammates faced cameras and questions, the injured catcher faced the reality of sitting out the team's first American League Championship Series in 17 years. Wieters, who hasn't played since early May and underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in June, said the 2014 playoffs are the most significant games that he has missed since he had to sit out a summer All-Star game as a 13-year-old in Goose Creek, S.C. “It's difficult in the aspect that you want to be out there with your guys, you want to be out there on the battlefield playing, but at the same time, the way the guys have played have really made it easier for me,” Wieters said.
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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 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 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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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2014
DETROIT -- Buck Showalter has played postseason chess several times before, and like most participants as confident as he is, he has lost more times than not. But in the Orioles' triumphant American League Division Series sweep of the Detroit Tigers, the manager pulled all the right strings. Before the Orioles' series-clinching Game 3 win over the Tigers on Sunday afternoon, he switched the rotation, tabbing right-hander Bud Norris to start. And down to the final two outs, he veered from the unconventional, putting the winning run on base in the bottom of the ninth with an intentional walk before allowing closer Zach Britton to finish a three-game sweep of the Tigers.
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The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
Baltimore Sun reporters, columnists and editors share their immediate reaction to Game 1 of the American League Division Series between the Orioles and the Detroit Tigers at Camden Yards. Dan Connolly, reporter: Thursday's 12-3 Orioles victory was exactly how the club drew it up -- really the way this team has executed things much of the season: Solid enough starting pitching, excellent relief outings and a couple key longballs. And then they piled on against a shaky bullpen.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis waited nine seasons, 1,365 games and 5,966 plate appearances for his first postseason at-bat. The 30-year-old admits he was rather nervous when he stepped to the plate around 6 p.m. Thursday before a soldout, screaming, orange-towel waving crowd at Camden Yards. “Absolutely, I'd be lying if I told you no,” Markakis said. “That is part of the game, part of the job. It's a matter of controlling your emotions and staying within yourself on the big stage.” Markakis watched three pitches, two balls and a strike, before taking his first hack, smacking a 93-mph fastball from Detroit Tigers starter Max Scherzer straight back to center field for his first postseason single - and the Orioles' first hit of the 2014 playoffs.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
Max Scherzer and the Detroit Tigers are in a 1-0 hole to the Orioles in the American League Division Series partly because the 2013 Cy Young Award winner spent the first two innings trying to avoid one on the mound. Scherzer and Orioles starter Chris Tillman began their windups in a similar spot early in the game, the Tigers starter said, creating a hole in the dirt near the pitching rubber. Scherzer compensated by taking a wider step off the rubber to start his motion, which threw his deliver out of whack and allowed the Orioles to pick up five of the seven hits they got off Scherzer - and three crucial early runs - before he adjusted.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
Orioles center fielder Adam Jones glides through the home clubhouse in a T-shirt and basketball shorts, razzing everyone he passes with a bellowing voice and an even louder cackle. On the other side of the room is right fielder Nick Markakis, sitting quietly at his locker, rarely looking up. Markakis' choice of nonbaseball duds is often tan and green camouflage. Earlier this season Markakis walked into Camden Yards in head-to-toe camo, looking as if he had just vacated a tree stand in the woods.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2014
TORONTO -- Moments after their 1-0 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday, the Orioles finally found out who they would face in the American League Division Series. It had been a 12-day wait since the Orioles clinched the AL East. But inside the visiting clubhouse of the Rogers Centre, as the Orioles packed their bag for the trip home to Baltimore - it wasn't baseball, but NFL football on the televisions. The Orioles believe they are ready for the Detroit Tigers, who will travel to Camden Yards to open the ALDS on Thursday.
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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 | September 24, 2014
NEW YORK -- One day after being held to one hit, the Orioles found their bats Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium. The Orioles hit three home runs, including Nelson Cruz's 40th of the season, and had 17 hits in a 5-4 win over the Yankees in front of an announced 43,201, putting a dagger in New York's already faint postseason hopes. In Monday's series opener, the Orioles managed just one hit in a 5-0 loss, marking the 11th time they've been shut out this season. But they've responded to those games well.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2014
First baseman Steve Pearce and right fielder Nick Markakis weren't in Sunday's lineup, but Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he would expect both to play in the upcoming series against the New York Yankees. Pearce is expected to be out two to three games with wrist soreness that forced him to be scratched from Saturday's game. Markakis took batting practice Sunday and still is experiencing soreness from a fastball Tuesday that severely bruised the back of his right shoulder. X-rays on both players were negative.
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