Worth noting

• The Orioles players and staff wore orange bracelets to honor of public relations director Monica Barlow, who passed away this spring due to lung cancer. Barlow also had a memorial plaque and had her orange jacket hung on the back of her chair in the press box

• The primary long man is expected to be Josh Stinson, with lefties Zach Britton and Brian Matusz also capable of doing that job if needed

• Had Markakis not played, Nelson Cruz would have moved to right field and David Lough would have started in left field

• With three off-days in the first three weeks of the season, Miguel Gonzalez and Bud Norris will be in the bullpen during their side-session days as needed.

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