His strong start has been overshadowed a bit by his good friend and fellow Orioles mainstay Brian Roberts, but right fielder Nick Markakis leads the first-place Orioles -- that will never get old, will it? -- in batting average and has made significant contributions in each of the team's four season-opening wins. The finest play, of course, was has game-saving, Web-gemming grab on Saturday. With two out, two on and Baltimore leading by two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, Tampa Bay's Ben Zobrist smashed a Kevin Gregg pitch deep to right field. Markakis tracked it to the warning track, leaped and snagged it at the top of the wall. "It's a crime he hasn't won a Gold Glove by this point," Roberts told reporters afterward. It's not a crime -- unless it's one of those unwritten rules like the one that Jake Fox broke last week -- but Roberts is right when he says that Markakis deserves to get one of those gaudy gloves for his trophy room.
Markakis stands out as Orioles start the season strong
Baltimore Sun | Apr 6