Nick Markakis RF ATL Mar 15 '79

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 ATL Mar 12 '79

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 ATL Mar 05 '79

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 ATL Feb 25 '79

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 ATL Feb 01 '79

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 ATL Jan 26 '79

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 ATL Jan 26 '79

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.

Nick Markakis RF ATL Jan 12 '79

Nick Markakis will bat third Wednesday against the Rays.

Markakis hit leadoff in Tuesday's season opener against left-hander David Price, but Orioles manager Buck Showalter has made some changes with Rays right-hander Jeremy Hellickson pitching on Wednesday. Nate McLouth will move up to the leadoff spot while the heart of the order will all be pushed back one spot. Manny Machado remains in the No. 2 spot.

Nick Markakis RF ATL Jan 06 '79

Nick Markakis (neck) had two hits and two RBI in his return to the field Wednesday but the Orioles lost to the Yankees.

A herniated disk in his neck had kept Markakis, 29, out of Grapefruit League action for most of the spring, but he seems to be getting healthy just in the nick of time. If Markakis is able to go, he'll be the Orioles' Opening Day right fielder.

Nick Markakis RF ATL Jan 05 '79

Nick Markakis (neck) will start in right field Wednesday.

Markakis was the DH on Tuesday in his first game since March 1, so this is a sign that his neck is no longer a concern. Interestingly, he's batting leadoff for the second straight day.