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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.

Bullpen Scuffles

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.

By CJ Holley  |  April 6, 2009; 9:07 PM ET
Categories:  Orioles , Yankees  
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I was there.

Ever see a multimillionaire wilt while facing the results of his actions? Facing the faces of family and friends he brazenly betrayed?

I have.

Don't believe it? I saw it on his face every at bat he pitifully failed to quiet the embarrassment he felt inside.

I don't wish any harm to him but he and the Yankees are destroying the game. Tex sold out just like so many before him. The almighty dollar once again proves that without a cap, the Yankees are going to try and buy their way to a championship while chipping away at the spirit of competition and the integrity of the game.

Tex is a Yankee now. He had better live up to his price tag or that city will eat him alive.

Lets go O's. you won't win this year, but like the Nationals, somebody has to love you. Its not Teixeira who does, but dedicated fans who know what it means to be loyal.

The kind of O's fan Tex once was... and somehow lost.

Posted by: trident420 | April 7, 2009 8:14 AM | Report abuse

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