With the resurgent Chris Tillman throwing a complete game shutout Wednesday, the Orioles made their emphatic point with a 2-0 victory in front of an announced 29,328 that patiently waited out a 33-minute rain delay before the first pitch to witness a sweep of the Atlanta Braves.
Orioles catcher Matt Wieters may have stolen the spotlight with his walk-off home run in the 11th inning Monday, but for most of the night, it was the Nick Markakis show. The right fielder spent nine seasons with the Orioles before signing with the Atlanta Braves in the offseason, and Monday marked his first time returning to Camden Yards to play his old club.
Former Oriole Nick Markakis received a 30-second ovation before his first at-bat in his return to Baltimore with the Atlanta Braves. Most everyone seemed to be acknowledging the fact that Markakis never wanted to leave the Orioles, and got a second chance to thank him for the memories after the club featured a highlight-packed video tribute in the middle of the second inning.
Nick Markakis admits he's thought a lot about what it'll be like when he takes the field at Camden Yards on Monday evening, the first time he'll do so as an opposing player in his 10-season career. He also admits he has no idea what his emotions will be.
As the Orioles open the unofficial second half of the season Friday night in Detroit, 31-year-old Ubaldo Jimenez will be on the mound looking to continue a remarkable rebound from his horrific first season with the club in 2014. He credits his family support for getting him to this point.
Nelson Cruz arguably impacted the Orioles more in 2014 than any other one-year-and-done player in club history. If the Orioles and their players loved Cruz, he enjoyed Baltimore and he remains highly productive, why isn't he still an Oriole?
When New York Yankees left-hander Andrew Miller took the mound in the eighth inning Monday with one on, one out and his club clinging to a one-run lead, he wasn't nostalgic. He wasn't considering that the guys in the batter's box were his teammates just a few short months ago.
In postgame interviews following the Orioles' 6-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, outfielders Travis Snider and Alejandro De Aza were already toeing the company line. Both spewed cliches about how it¿s all about the team and not individual accomplishments.
Travis Snider was the driving force in the Orioles' 6-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday afternoon. He had two singles and a double, drove in two runs and became the first Orioles player since Ronny Paulino in 2012 to have three hits in his team debut.
The Orioles' 274 wins the past three seasons are the most the franchise has compiled over a three-year span in three decades, when the 1982-'84 teams won 277 games, including the club's last World Series title in 1983. Next season is almost certain to bring major roster turnover.
Orioles fans didn't necessarily enjoy the offseason as they watched key players depart in free agency and learned of health setbacks for some of the stars who remained. Yet they've developed a deep faith in the players and decision-makers who brought winning baseball back to Baltimore.
The Orioles are depending on Matt Wieters' successful and productive return to help offset the free agent departure of 2014 major league home run king Nelson Cruz and steady right fielder Nick Markakis.
Former Oriole Nick Markakis had a couple hits in his first game against his old team, and the Atlanta Braves rallied in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the Orioles, 6-5, in a Grapefruit League game at Champions Stadium.
Wearing a No. 22 Atlanta Braves jersey on his back and a full beard on his cheeks, right fielder Nick Markakis said he is comfortable in his new environment. He says he's not harboring any animosity toward the Orioles.
It was fair of Dan Duquette to assume that the Orioles could replace Nelson Cruz's major-league-leading home run total and Nick Markakis's offensive production if all else went well. It just wasn't fair to assume that all else would go well.
It is less than two weeks until the Orioles open the regular season on April 6 in Tampa Bay, but with 13 Grapefruit League games remaining in spring training, they still have plenty of time to finalize their 25-man Opening Day roster.
Orioles first baseman Chris Davis has done his best to sidestep talk about his uncertain contract situation beyond this season, but he said Monday that his long-term future with the team may depend on the long-term outlook for it.
If there is any upside to the departure of long-time right fielder Nick Markakis, it is that the opening in the outfield has turned manager Buck Showalter loose on another versatility quest this spring. On any given day, just about anybody might show up at either of the two corner outfield positions.
After Nick Markakis' comments Wednesday to USA Today, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he had a text-message dialogue with Markakis on Thursday indicating that the outfielder's statements were taken out of context.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter can break down a position to its most esoteric aspects and then put it back together in terms anyone can understand, which is what he did Monday when the talk turned to filling the club's unexpected opening in right field.
Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette always has put a premium on defense, so no one should have been surprised when he played a little of it in his first media briefing of spring training.
The flaw in all the happy rationalization from Orioles fans about the quiet offseason is that the club needs just about everything possible to fall into place to stay ahead of an American League East division in which the Boston Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays made major roster upgrades this winter.
It didn't become a top priority until they had already lost outfielders Nick Markakis and Nelson Cruz to free agency, but the Orioles always wanted to re-sign designated hitter-outfielder Delmon Young.
The departure of right fielder Nick Markakis, who after nine seasons with the Orioles signed a four-year, $44 million contract this winter with the Atlanta Braves, had a significant impact on the players he left behind in Baltimore.
At his minicamp, Orioles manager Buck Showalter had a chance to connect names and faces, to see if the videos he has seen of pitchers throwing match up to what it looks like up close. He received an early glimpse of players who he will soon have to evaluate, like Rule 5 draft picks Jason Garcia and Logan Verrett.
Baltimore Sun reporter Dan Connolly shares some thoughts on free-agent outfielder Colby Rasmus' potential fit in the Orioles clubhouse, the deaths of Stu Miller and Hank Peters, and the Hall of Fame voting.