Markakis' 40th double makes history

Markakis' 40th double makes history

BALTIMORE -- Following his first at-bat Tuesday night, Nick Markakis became just the 19th outfielder since 1900 to record at least four seasons with 40 doubles or more. Markakis, who belted the fateful two-bagger off Red Sox starter Josh Beckett in the Orioles' 5-2 victory, is now the first player in franchise history to post four consecutive seasons with at least 40 doubles.

"It's definitely something to be excited about," said Markakis, who is tied for the third-longest streak of 40-double seasons. "You just got to keep plugging away and go about your business. When you go out there and play hard every day ... you're going to have your struggles, but it's always good to get something like that."

Markakis is tied with Tris Speaker, whose streak of four consecutive seasons began in 1920, and trails only Joe Medwick (seven) and Harry Heilman (five) in that category. All three of those players are in the Hall of Fame, with Medwick's feat -- from 1933-39 -- the most recent.

Markakis had gone 45 at-bats between doubles before sending Beckett's 2-0 fastball into left field in the first inning for his 201st career double.