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Orioles thrilled to lock up Markakis

Updated: January 22, 2009, 3:45 PM ET
Associated Press

BALTIMORE -- During an offseason in which they failed in their pursuit of a hometown slugger, the Baltimore Orioles did the next best thing: secure homegrown right fielder Nick Markakis for the next six seasons.

Markakis and Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail sat shoulder to shoulder Thursday during a news conference at Camden Yards. Markakis called it a "fairly easy decision" to accept $66.1 million for six years, and MacPhail spoke delightedly about locking up the team's ...

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