Stork comes calling in O's nest

Stork comes calling in O's nest

BALTIMORE -- At the plate and in the field, Nick Markakis has been one of the few Orioles consistently delivering in 2010.

Thursday, it was Christina Markakis' turn to deliver.

The wife of the Orioles' right fielder, expecting the couple's second child, was induced into labor Thursday morning at a Baltimore-area hospital. Christina Markakis gave birth to the family's second boy, Tucker Edward, at 8:21 p.m. He weighted 7 pounds, 1 ounce.

"I wish them well, and congratulations to the Markakis family," Orioles manager Dave Trembley said. "He'll join us tomorrow in Toronto."

Markakis was replaced in right field in Thursday's lineup by Lou Montanez. It was the first game Markakis has missed since Sept. 22, 2009, and just the 22nd outing he's missed in his career. Since '07, Markakis has missed just seven scheduled games.