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Nick Markakis, who has missed 35 games because of a broken bone in his right wrist, should be back in an Orioles uniform, and in right field, for tonight's game against Detroit.

Markakis hasn't played since May 29 and had surgery June 1 to remove a piece of hamate bone from his wrist. He batted .256 with 13 doubles, eight home runs and 26 RBIs in 50 games for Baltimore this season.

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But he's been on the mend since, much the like the Orioles over the past month.

Baltimore was 29-21 on May 29 following a loss to Toronto, tied for first in the AL East. Markakis went down with his injury, and the team has gone 16-19 without him and slipped into second place in the division, seven game behind the surging Yankees.

Markakis had three hits in 10 at-bats during his recent rehab assignment with Class-AA Bowie, but two of the hits were home runs and he had four RBIs.

To make room for Markakis, the Orioles sent down first baseman Joe Mahoney to Class-AAA Norfolk. Mahoney made his big-league debut July 7 in Anaheim and went 0 for 3.

He's batting .257 with 14 doubles, five homers and 38 RBIs in 84 games with the Tides this season.

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