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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | September 16, 2014
The Orioles clinching a division title had been inevitable for weeks. But for fans who'd waited 17 years to reclaim bragging rights in the American League East, witnessing the actual moment at Camden Yards Tuesday night seemed essential. A sweet moment it was, with orange and white confetti raining from the upper deck as the Orioles formed an exultant mob on the field after beating the Toronto Blue Jays, 8-2, to seize their first divisional title since 1997. “This was awesome.
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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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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2014
The Orioles' September surge to the cusp of an American League East championship has been characterized by their strong starting pitching in general, and right-hander Miguel Gonzalez in particular. Gonzalez could tell early on against the New York Yankees that he didn't have his best stuff Saturday afternoon. His fastball command was off, making it difficult to put away opposing hitters. Still, Gonzalez held the Yankees to just three runs over six innings, giving the Orioles their 10th quality start over their past 12 games.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
Now that the Orioles have clinched the American League East title, the regular season is all over but the roster shuffling. The Orioles headed into Wednesday night trailing the Los Angeles Angels by three games for the top seed in the AL while leading the Detroit Tigers by seven games for the third seed. It puts the Orioles into a bit of a baseball limbo: Do they try to catch the Angels and not give their regulars as much rest over the next 11 games, or do they forget about trying to get home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, be happy with the No. 2 seed and try to spell their regulars?
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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 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 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 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 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 Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
One of the best things about being a sportswriter during a clinching celebration -- whether it's a division title like the Orioles captured Tuesday night or a World Series, which I've covered five times in my career -- is the ability to be in the middle of everything and observe. To watch and listen to the sights and sounds going on around you. I saw a bunch of cool ones last night involving the team, but I'm going to start with a personal one. Ben Barlow, the husband of the club's late public relations director, Monica Barlow, was in the clubhouse as the champagne celebration was going on. In one sense, it was a reminder that Monica, who passed away in February at age 36 after courageously battling lung cancer, wasn't with us. But it also was a reminder she was with us. Ben was greeted by tons of players and friends, and one, Orioles video coordinator Mike Silverman, had the perfect line: “We have an angel watching from above tonight.” That line, that image, is what's going to stick with me the most.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | September 16, 2014
The Orioles clinching a division title had been inevitable for weeks. But for fans who'd waited 17 years to reclaim bragging rights in the American League East, witnessing the actual moment at Camden Yards Tuesday night seemed essential. A sweet moment it was, with orange and white confetti raining from the upper deck as the Orioles formed an exultant mob on the field after beating the Toronto Blue Jays, 8-2, to seize their first divisional title since 1997. “This was awesome.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2014
The Orioles' September surge to the cusp of an American League East championship has been characterized by their strong starting pitching in general, and right-hander Miguel Gonzalez in particular. Gonzalez could tell early on against the New York Yankees that he didn't have his best stuff Saturday afternoon. His fastball command was off, making it difficult to put away opposing hitters. Still, Gonzalez held the Yankees to just three runs over six innings, giving the Orioles their 10th quality start over their past 12 games.
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Dan Rodricks | September 13, 2014
After reading Chris Davis' apologetic statement on his suspension from the Orioles for taking a drug he wasn't allowed to take under the rules of Major League Baseball, I had to look up the word "mistake. " A "mistake" is what Davis said he made. His manager, an Orioles broadcaster and a teammate used the word as well. "I made a mistake by taking Adderall," Davis said. "We all make mistakes," said Buck Showalter. "The big boy made a mistake," said Joe Angel, one of the voices of the Orioles on radio.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2014
With the Orioles closing in on their first division title in 17 years, the resilient ballclub found out Friday its pennant run would not include slugging first baseman Chris Davis, who Major League Baseball suspended 25 games for a drug policy violation. “I can't speak for everybody, but I'm sure guys are disappointed to lose such a big part of our team like that at this time of year,” said Orioles pitcher Darren O'Day, who was Davis' teammate for three seasons with the Texas Rangers before both came to the Orioles.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 10, 2014
BOSTON -- One of the criticisms of the Orioles this season is that they have trouble scoring consistently when they are not hitting home runs. And that trend may catch up with them in the postseason when they'll be facing quality pitching every night. For now, though, this homer-happy bunch continues to embrace who they are: Baseball's most powerful club and, consequently, the runaway leader in the American League East. On Tuesday, the Orioles flexed their muscles again, hitting three home runs, including two by newcomer Alejandro De Aza, in a 4-1 win over the Boston Red Sox in front of an announced 37,008 at Fenway Park.
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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 | September 7, 2014
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Adam Jones and Nick Markakis had started every game this season - all 141 - before manager Buck Showalter decided to rest the two Orioles outfielders to start Sunday's series finale against the Tampa Bay Rays. Showalter said he saw Sunday as an opportunity to give both Jones and Markakis a day off to get ahead of any late-season physical issues. It was also a good day to give them a break on Tropicana Field's spongy turf, which can lead to some soreness on legs and backs.
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