"Don't believe a word they say," Markakis said. "It was all because of my neck. They can say what they want to make them look good. It's all B.S. But things work out the way they do for a reason, right?"
Markakis underwent neck surgery in mid-December and his status for opening day is undetermined. However, he is clearly upset with what went on in negotiations and while the Orioles front office has yet to respond, former teammate and friend
"I know what's going on, I know the truth," the Orioles' All-Star center fielder said, per MASNsports.com. "It's a move he made for himself. I never fault him for it.
"I talk to him all the time. I talk to him a couple times a week. I talked to him yesterday. It's not my situation, it's his situation with the Orioles. I'm not going to take anbody's side. I wasn't involved with it, so I really don't have an opinion with it."
Markakis, who had surgery to remove a herniated disc and fuse vertabrea, had been playing with the injury for two seasons.
"He never disclosed anything to anybody. He just goes out and plays," Jones said. "...He moved on. He understands the business and he moved on. He completely gets it. No hard feelings.
"I'm glad he said something because he never says anything. I'm glad he said something. He should say something. He has a lot on his mind. Very articulate man, very smart man. He doesn't say much, but when he does people listen, and he's got peoples attention. That's why you all are in front of me now."
New Orioles hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh is aware of Jones' aggressive approach at the plate, but added he won't try to do much to change his approach, per MASNsports.com.
"I think there are some things you can work with," Coolbaugh said. "The first thing is you really have to get into Adam's mind and try to figure out what goes through his mind in some of those at-bats. Maybe there's some things that he's doing from the mental side that can help slow him down.
"It could be a possibility of maybe even just eliminating a certain pitch that he tries to hit. But one thing about Adam is he is aggressive, he's able to hit some pitches that probably other guys can't just because he has that aggressiveness and he's a super talent, and that's why a lot of times his numbers are what they are.
"You really don't want to take away anything that makes him comfortable. Just try to maybe eliminate and take away some anxiety sometimes so you can eliminate some of those bad at-bats and keep the consistency going, because if we can do that, maybe there's a few more walks that get thrown in there."
Jones struck in the third inning. With a man on base, Jones took a 95 mph fastball out to left to tie the game 3-3. Jones also singled in the contest. He finished 2 for 5, with one run scored and two RBI.
Jones is just 5 of 42 in the playoffs for a meager .119 average.
"I just think that what I do in the regular season, I think I need to cut back a little bit more in the postseason," he told CSNBaltimore.com. "I think it intensifies when the postseason comes on, the strike zone is smaller. Every pitch is that more of importance. And you've got to lock in better. It's the same game; it's just the focus has to be stronger."
One problem is that the studs in the Kansas City bullpen don't allow home runs. Jones was 6 for 27 against Wade Davis and Kelvin Herrera combined in the regular season. Neither yielded a tater all year.
Jones first struck in the third inning. With a man on, Jones sent a 95 mph fastball out to right center for a two-run shot. He did it again in the fifth. Jones stepped to the plate with a man on again, and managed to take an 83 mph slider out to left for another two-run shot. He finished 2 for 4, with two runs scored and four RBI.
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