Nick Markakis RF BAL 7 Months

Nick Markakis is not in the Orioles' starting lineup on Thursday night against the White Sox.

It's just a routine day of maintenance. Michael Morse will start in right field in Markakis' place.

Nick Markakis RF BAL 9 Months1 Comment

Nick Markakis has logged a .367/.412/.400 batting line in 34 July plate appearances.

It's nice to see after Markakis limped to a .229 average in June. Owners are no doubt a little disappointed by Markakis' power output in 2013, as he's hit just one home run since June 1 and logged only eight on the season. He's slugging 49 points below his career average.

Nick Markakis RF BAL 10 Months

Nick Markakis went 2-for-4 and hit his eighth homer Monday versus the Indians.

It was the first homer since May 31 for Markakis. After a poor first 15 days of June, he's hit .355 with four doubles and nine runs scored in his last eight games.

Nick Markakis RF BAL 10 Months

Nick Markakis went 2-for-4 with two RBI as the Orioles beat the Angels on Tuesday.

Markakis came through with a bases-loaded single in the 7th inning to give the Orioles the lead, giving him 37 RBI on the year. The outfielder is now hitting .293/.342/.425 on the year batting leadoff for the O's.

Nick Markakis RF BAL 10 Months

Nick Markakis returned to the Orioles' lineup Friday against the Rays.

As expected. Markakis missed the last two games in Houston in order to attend in his grandmother's funeral.

Nick Markakis RF BAL 11 Months

Nick Markakis will not play Wednesday or Thursday in order to attend his grandmother's funeral.

Markakis will play Tuesday before leaving prior to Wednesday's contest. The Orioles will not place him on the bereavement list, as that would mean he'd be unavailable to play Friday, as well. They'll play a man short the next two days.

Nick Markakis RF BAL 11 Months

Nick Markakis smacked a solo homer Friday in a win over the Tigers.

Markakis also walked and scored two runs. He led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a solo homer against Jose Valverde while Chris Dickerson later followed with a walk-off three-run shot to give the Orioles the victory. Markakis has hit safely in 19 out of his last 21 games, improving his batting average from .264 to .307 on the year. With seven homers in 55 games, Markakis is currently on pace for his best power output since 2008.

Nick Markakis RF BAL 11 Months

Nick Markakis went 3-for-5 with a three-run double in Friday's 10-6 win over the Blue Jays.

He also drew a walk and scored a run. Markakis has hit safely in nine straight games and has pulled his batting average up from .281 to an even .300 for the year. With 27 RBI through 48 games, Markakis is already halfway to his RBI total from last season.

Nick Markakis RF BAL 11 Months

Nick Markakis has multi-hit games in five of his last six contests.

Despite never posting an OPS+ below 106, Markakis has never been named to an All-Star team. It won't happen this year, either, unless a power outburst is on the horizon. While owners will take his .285 batting average, Markakis is no threat to steal bases and is slugging (.388) nearly 100 points lower than he did last season (.471).

Nick Markakis RF BAL 12 Months

Nick Markakis singled in Chris Davis in the bottom of the ninth to give the Orioles a 2-1 win over the Blue Jays on Monday.

It was his second hit of the night. Markakis was performing better as a No. 3 hitter than he has since moving into the leadoff spot, but at .316 with a couple of homers, he's off to a pretty solid start.