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February 26, 2009

Orioles: Markakis may get a few days off

Right fielder Nick Markakis left today's 11-3 victory over the Cardinals after his second at-bat to be with his wife Christina for a medical examination related to the pending birth of the couple's first child. It appears that doctors may induce labor over the next 24 hours, which would mean that Markakis might be away from the team for a few days getting to know his new baby.

That certainly won't be a problem from a team perspective. Training camp is nearly a week longer than usual because of the World Baseball Classic and Markakis came to camp in great shape, so he probably won't be any worse for a little family time.

Shameless radio plug: Be sure and join me at six for Sportsline on WBAL (1090 AM). I'll be talking both spring training and the opening of the NFL free agent market. Keith Mills will be in for part of the show and we'll have some of Keith's interview with Eric DeCosta and postgame comments from Orioles manager Dave Trembley. If you are out of signal range, go to and click on the "Listen Live" icon.

Posted by Peter Schmuck at 4:38 PM | | Comments (12)
Categories: Just baseball


Hey Pete,

John Heyman at SI reports that Teixera called Theo Epstein to thank him for the Sox's offer in his free agent negotiations. While he's at it he should call me and apologize for being so greedy.

Any word on whether he called the Orioles as well?

Pete's reply: No, but I'll ask.


If its a boy , Peter , a girl , Petra . As in Angelos .

Who cares if Teixera called he is a scum bag.

Danny -
That sums it up for me too .

Hey Tex, Break a leg in the "House that Ruth Didn't Build"

Can not find some of my shirts . Have you gone through my closet.Keep the leisure suit Go O's

Good news on Albers, but I am sure every time he pitches, it will be a touchy situation. Albers is such a valuable pitcher because of all he things he can do, but no idea if he will last long without surgery. Only time will tell.

Pete, Hammock was in LF? Did he do ok? I would think if can play the OF and catch, he could move past Moeller, as having a versatile back up catcher, is pretty unique.

Where's Nick's dedication to the team? Taking a few days off? scheduling a baby during Spring Training? He'll be ready to come back... :)

Hey. How about these sweet sensitive bloggers. Pete posts on Markakis' kid-on-the-way and all people can think to respond is about Teixera and firing Wieters (?). Anyway... Congratulations to come Nick. Fatherhood is the best, and it will make you a better guy in every way. Hope everything goes well.

Herb -
Here's sensitivity , I hope Tex's parents don't get upset in knowing that all of Maryland thinks he sucks . :)

Any news on a baby?

Pete's reply: Tomorrow morning (Wednesday) is what I hear.

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