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Orioles make Opening Day memorable with 4-2 win over Twins
Orioles make Opening Day memorable with 4-2 win over Twins

Weeks before the annual ritual of jogging down the orange carpet in front of a sellout crowd — before the loud ovation Nick Markakis received during his pre-game introduction — there was the isolation of those back fields in Sarasota. Doing routine tasks — running sprints, taking swings and chasing fly balls — the Orioles right fielder steadily learned to regain trust in his body. “And it all leads up to Opening Day,” Markakis said. “That’s what we were shooting for.” Markakis, determined to dictate his recovery from offseason surgery to repair multiple abdominal tears, focused solely on being in the lineup for Opening Day. And on...

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