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Markakis scratched from O's lineup with neck spasms


SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis was not in Sunday's starting lineup due to neck spasms that he reported to the team's complex with in the morning.

Manager Buck Showalter said it's nothing serious. Markakis was examined for structural damage and none was found -- although if it were the regular season, Showalter would still err on the side of caution and probably sit Markakis. The issue is believed to have stemmed from just sleeping on his neck a little funny.

The team's first off-day this spring is on Monday, and with Tuesday's game being in Dunedin, Fla., it's likely Markakis won't play again until Wednesday's home exhibition against Team Spain.

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