Nick Markakis RF ATL 7 Months

Nick Markakis went 3-for-4 in Thursday's win over the Royals.

All three hits were singles, boosting the average up to .302. While the high average is nice, the Orioles would also like to see a little more power out of their corner outfielder, as Markakis is currently sitting on a meager .389 slugging percentage. He put up a career-worst .356 SLG last season.

Nick Markakis RF ATL 8 Months

Nick Markakis went 2-for-5 with a solo home run as the Orioles defeated the Pirates in 10 innings on Thursday.

Markakis took Pirates reliever Bryan Morris out to right field for his second home run of the season. He had homered in the first half of Thursday's double-header as well. The power display was nice to see as he entered the day with a .360 slugging percentage, but it's now up to .417.

Nick Markakis RF ATL 8 Months

Nick Markakis will make his first start of the season at first base on Saturday.

With Chris Davis sidelined, the O's are forced to get creative with their lineup as they don't have a true backup at the position on the roster. Markakis has played just three major league games at first base in his career, all during the 2011 season.

Nick Markakis RF ATL 8 Months

Nick Markakis had a nice night at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a walk in Friday's loss to the Royals.

He's enjoying a strong start to the 2014 season hitting atop the Orioles lineup, slashing .293/.353/.359 with six RBI and a pair of stolen bases in his first 22 games.

Nick Markakis RF ATL 8 Months

Nick Markakis went 2-for-5 with an RBI, a walk, and two runs scored against the Red Sox on Friday.

Markakis now has back-to-back multi-hit games, pulling his batting average up to .273 for the year. He has only drawn two walks through 15 games, which isn't ideal as a leadoff man. But history suggests that he should get his fair share of free passes as the season moves along.

Nick Markakis RF ATL 9 Months

Nick Markakis (neck) is in the Orioles' starting lineup for Monday's season-opener.

Markakis made it through a couple rounds of batting practice on Monday morning without issue and was then added to the lineup as the leadoff man and right fielder. He was held out of the Orioles' final few Grapefruit League games due to discomfort in his neck. The full Baltimore lineup for Opening Day: RF Nick Markakis, SS J.J. Hardy, CF Adam Jones, 1B Chris Davis, LF Nelson Cruz, C Matt Wieters, DH Delmon Young, 3B Ryan Flaherty, 2B Jonathan Schoop. Chris Tillman is pitching.

Nick Markakis RF ATL 9 Months

Orioles manager Buck Showalter is undecided whether he'll put Nick Markakis (neck) in the lineup Opening Day.

Markakis was scratched from the Orioles' Grapefruit League lineup Saturday with a stiff neck. He felt better Sunday but still isn't feeling 100 percent. Showalter has made out two lineup cards -- one with Markakis in it and one without him in it -- and will wait a while longer before making a decision on the outfielder's status.

Nick Markakis RF ATL 9 Months

Nick Markakis (neck) expects to be in the lineup on Opening Day.

Markakis was scratched from the Orioles' Grapefruit League lineup Saturday with a stiff neck, but he said he would have been in there had it been a regular season game. The outfielder batted a healthy .356/.370/.600 with one home run this spring.

Nick Markakis RF ATL 9 Months

Nick Markakis was scratched from the Orioles' Grapefruit League lineup Saturday with a stiff neck.

Bad timing, as the O's open the regular season on Monday. It's unclear now if Markakis will be ready.

Nick Markakis RF ATL 9 Months

Nick Markakis is nursing some minor shoulder tendinitis.

Markakis won't play Friday but could return to action Saturday in the DH spot. It's not a concern as long as the ailment doesn't get any worse.