O's Win, Teixeira Booed
Well that was unexpected. Cesar Izturis hits a two-run homer in the eighth inning and Baltimore tacks on two more runs in a four-run eighth inning as the Orioles pull away for a 10-5 Opening Day win over the Yankees.
Dave Sheinin was at the game today and I'm sure will have far better coverage later but here are some highlights of the game:
Welcome Home, Mark Teixeira
The Severna Park native was booed mercilessly by the Baltimore crowd. Through each Teixeira at-bat the fans at Camden Yards booed almost non-stop. The only breaks in the booing were for strike calls. Teixeira finished the day 0 for 4 with a walk.
Cesar Izturis Plays Hero
Izturis is known for his fielding prowess and showed that, coming up with a key defensive stop in what could have been a big inning for the Yankees. The bonus from Izturis came with the aforementioned home run. The shortstop position was practically an automatic out for the O's last season and while Izturis is an upgrade, he's not know for his bat but came up with the big hit late.
Jeremy Guthrie Is Effective
There had been questions about whether or not Guthrie was completely healthy, which he downplayed. While he wasn't perfect in giving up three runs in six innings, he was much better today than he had been all spring, outlasting CC Sabathia and coming away with the win.
Brian Roberts and Adam Jones
The top two players in the Orioles lineup combined to go 6 for 7 with five runs, nine total bases, two RBI (both by Jones) and three walks. Jones drove in his two runs on a bases-clearing triple and Roberts threw in a stolen base.
The bullpen was supposed to be the strength of this Orioles pitching staff but that wasn't the case Monday. Chris Ray was perfect in spring training and far from it today. Ray, coming back from Tommy John surgery, gave up two runs in 1/3 of an inning. Ray was followed by Jamie Walker (failed to record an out), Dennis Sarfate and Jim Johnson (worked himself out of a jam) before all-star closer George Sherrill finished off the Yankees with relatively little drama.
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