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Orioles' Markakis goes 0-for-2 with walk in spring debut

Orioles' Markakis goes 0-for-2 with walk in spring debut

SARASOTA, Fla -- Orioles rightfielder Nick Markakis wasn't able to truly test his recovery from offseason abdominal surgery in his Grapefruit League debut against the Pirates Wednesday afternoon at Ed Smith Stadium. But Markakis' return to the lineup was a step forward. "I was just happy to get out there and get some at bats and start this thing off right and get it going in the right direction," Markakis said.   Markakis batted third as the Orioles' designated hitter, and a truer test will come next Tuesday when he's slated to make his first start in rightfield. This was, however, his first time seeing live game pitching this spring. ...

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