SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Nick Markakis was hitless in three at-bats in his first game since returning from offseason surgery, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Baltimore Orioles 11-5 on Wednesday.
Markakis left the final game of the 2011 season with an injury to his abdomen. He tried to rehabilitate it, but had surgery in January to repair the torn muscle. Manager Buck Showalter started him for the first time as the designated hitter. He struck out, grounded out and walked before leaving the game after five innings.
The Pirates scored four runs in the second off Orioles starter Jake Arrieta, who pitched 2 2-3 innings. They added three in the fifth and four in the seventh.
Pittsburgh’s James McDonald allowed five runs and six hits in three innings.