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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 Alejandro Zuniga and The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2014
Few pitchers can shut down the Orioles' No. 3 through No. 6 hitters for an entire game. But on Saturday afternoon, Adam Jones, Nelson Cruz, Chris Davis and J.J. Hardy combined to go 0-for-16 with 10 strikeouts. New York Yankees rookie Shane Greene tossed 7 1/3 scoreless innings in just his second major league start, and a trio of relievers followed to seal the Orioles' 3-0 defeat. “There's no substitute for getting in there in the box off of [a new pitcher],” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.
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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 Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | July 9, 2014
Washington Nationals outfielder Nate McLouth said he was sitting on the bench at Nationals Park on Monday night, and a weird feeling took over. His new team was playing against his old team. And though that has happened before for McLouth - he has been on four major league clubs - this one seemed different. “It was a little strange. I was here so recently, and had that [Orioles] uniform on so recently, and it's a very similar team to last year and the year before, so it was a little strange,” McLouth 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 Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | July 8, 2014
WASHINGTON  - In an incredibly close contest between two evenly matched teams Monday night, the Orioles picked up an 8-2 victory in 11 innings against the Washington Nationals and, potentially, something much more important. The Orioles are hoping they also discovered a resurgent Chris Davis. The struggling slugger who had just two singles in his previous 38 at-bats, hit a full-count fastball from reliever Craig Stammen over the right-center wall to jumpstart a six-run 11 th inning.  After leading the majors with 53 last year, Davis homered for just the 14 th time in 2014 and the first since his walkoff June 23 against the Chicago White Sox. “When we stopped them the inning before, I knew the next inning I was coming up. And with Nelson (Cruz)
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 30, 2014
Chris Davis hadn't made a start at third base since the last day of the 2011 season, so he didn't even have a third baseman's glove. But with regular third baseman Manny Machado beginning to serve his five-game suspension Monday, the club moved its starting first baseman across the diamond for the series opener against the Texas Rangers at Camden Yards. The move gave the Orioles the chance to use both Steve Pearce and Delmon Young in the lineup. Including Monday, Davis has made 67 major league starts at third base, including 25 in 2011 - 17 of those coming with the Orioles after the club acquired him in a trade-deadline deal with Texas.
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By Alejandro Zuniga and The Baltimore Sun | June 29, 2014
If Brian Matusz had won the matchup with the Tampa Bay Rays' James Loney in the sixth inning, the rest of the Orioles' game Sunday afternoon could have looked a lot different. But Loney hit a double, and Orioles manager Buck Showalter decided to stay with the left-hander instead of inserting right-hander Ryan Webb and further depleting a bullpen worn thin by Friday's doubleheader and a short outing Sunday by starter Miguel Gonzalez. Matusz, who was brought in to face the left-handed Loney with two outs in the sixth, went on to give up another double and a two-run home run as part of a decisive seven-run inning, and the Orioles set a new season-high in runs allowed in a 12-7 loss to the Rays in front of an announced 32,665 in the series finale at Camden Yards.
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By Alejandro Zuniga and The Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2014
In a battle of minor league pitchers promoted for the afternoon game of Friday's day-night doubleheader, the Tampa Bay Rays' Alex Colome bested the Orioles' Kevin Gausman. And it wasn't close. Colome (1-0), who has spent much of the season with Triple-A Durham, flummoxed the Orioles after a shaky first inning as the Rays cruised to a 5-2 win before an announced 15,614 at Camden Yards. In his first major league start of the year, the right-hander allowed just two hits and exited with a four-run lead in the sixth.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 26, 2014
Several months before his bat toss drew national headlines and a pending five-game suspension, Orioles third baseman Manny Machado wanted to find a way to give back to the city of Baltimore. The 21-year-old had attended a few charity events in the offseason and decided he wanted to hold one in his in-season home, and so on Thursday's day off, he held the first Manny Machado Celebrity BaseBowl bowling tournament to benefit the Baltimore City Recreation and Parks' Play Baseball summer program.  “I'm Miami 305 to the heart," said Machado, referencing the city's area code, "but Baltimore is my city, too. This is where I play, this is where I live half the year, so any way I can give back to this community here, it's a great way and opportunity to do it.” With a decision on his suspension appeal looming - he had his appeal hearing before Wednesday's game - Machado was eager to put the events of the past two weeks behind him. “It's been a long 24 hours,” Machado said.
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By Alejandro Zuniga and The Baltimore Sun | June 26, 2014
While the offense struggled for most of the Orioles' 5-4 win in 12 innings over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday, Nick Markakis had no difficulty getting on base all night. The right fielder matched a season-high with four hits and scored a run as the Orioles completed their second walk-off victory of the series on a wild pitch in the 12th inning. The winning play was set up by Markakis' line drive single to the gap in right-center field, which nearly scored pinch-runner David Lough.
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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 Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | June 26, 2014
The Orioles didn't need a game-ending three-run homer Wednesday night to complete their second dramatic comeback victory in three games against the Chicago White Sox. A walk-off wild pitch in the early hours of Thursday morning was enough. Looking like they were about to lose the rubber match of their three-game series against the struggling White Sox, the Orioles rallied again for a 5-4 win Wednesday on a game-clinching wild pitch in the 12th inning of a 4-hour, 3-minute marathon that also included a 1-hour, 9-minute rain delay.
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By Alejandro Zuniga and The Baltimore Sun | June 25, 2014
On Tuesday, the Orioles threatened to complete a come-from-behind victory in the ninth inning for the second straight night over the Chicago White Sox at Camden Yards. But Ryan Flaherty hit into a game-ending double play as the Orioles suffered a 4-2 loss . Here's a look at one positive and one negative aspect of Tuesday night's game. The good: Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez struggled to get through five innings, giving up three runs, nine hits and three walks.
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