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This week in Orioles baseball

Though the Orioles remain coy about the Nick Markakis contract negotiations, it appears that the deal is essentially done and awaiting Nick's arrival in Baltimore this week for a routine physical.

Why does he need a physical when his health wasn't an issue last year? Because the team has a right to make sure he didn't have a motorcycle accident or something during the offseason before it commits to what could be the second-largest guaranteed contract in club history. He'll likely be in midweek to see the team docs and have some kind of news conference as soon as everything is official.

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It could be a busy week for the medical staff. Catcher Gregg Zaun is expected to undergo his physical on Tuesday. And the way things have been heating up the past few days, Andy MacPhail might be lining somebody up for Friday, too.

If team officials could have had their way, they would have held off on announcing the Felix Pie/Garrett Olson deal and commenting on the Markakis negotiations until early this week to steer clear of the Ravens big game last night against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Now, unfortunately for local football fans, the Orioles can take the stage for good.

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