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Orioles RF Nick Markakis' recovery progressing

Orioles rightfielder Nick Markakis, recovering from offseason abdominal surgery, continues to progress on schedule and is still planning on being in Opening Day lineup.

Markakis said Saturday he's doing nearly all baseball activities -- including hitting live batting practice and participating in outfielder drills -- and still is planning to play in the final 10 to 12 games of the exhibition schedule leading up to Opening Day on April 6.

"I'm getting there," Markakis said. "I just have to take it slow. It sucks, but I'd rather be safe than sorry. I'm still going in that positive direction."


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