Nick Markakis RF BAL Jun 24 '13

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 Jun 11 '13

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 Jun 07 '13

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 Jun 04 '13

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 May 31 '13

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 May 24 '13

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 May 17 '13

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 Apr 22 '13

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.

Nick Markakis RF BAL Apr 17 '13

Nick Markakis will bat leadoff Wednesday against the Rays.

Markakis batted third in the previous three games, but he'll slide into the leadoff spot Wednesday with the southpaw Matt Moore on the hill for Tampa Bay. Adam Jones is hitting third Wednesday while Matt Wieters bats cleanup and Nate McLouth bats seventh.

Nick Markakis RF BAL Apr 16 '13

Nick Markakis went 2-for-3 with an RBI in the Orioles' win over the Rays on Tuesday.

The two-hit game raised Markakis' average to .315 on the season. He also walked and scored a run in the game. After spending some time batting leadoff during spring, Markakis was hitting third in the Orioles lineup Tuesday, a good spot for the left-handed hitter for fantasy purposes.