3:05 PM ET, April 4, 2011
Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland
BALTIMORE -- For all the hype about the additions the Orioles made to their lineup during the offseason, the most productive player thus far is the one who's worn a Baltimore uniform the longest: leadoff batter Brian Roberts.Roberts hit a three-run homer, Jake Arrieta allowed one run in six innings and the unbeaten Orioles thrilled a sellout crowd in their home opener by defeating the Detroit Tigers 5-1 Monday.
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Orioles Flying High
A win against Detroit on Wednesday would give the Orioles a 5-0 start for just the second time. That 1970 team went on to win 108 games and beat the Reds in five games in the World Series.
Best Undefeated Start to Season
|1970||5-0||Won World Series|
|1985||4-0||4th AL East|
Former Orioles manager Earl Weaver threw out the ceremonial first pitch to Showalter. ... RF Magglio Ordonez started for Detroit after missing Sunday's game with a sore right ankle. He snapped an 0-for-9 start with a fifth-inning single. ... Baltimore is 38-20 in home openers, including 5-0 against Detroit. ... Orioles pitcher Jeremy Guthrie was hospitalized Monday with a high fever and will be replaced by Brad Bergesen as the starter Wednesday.
Regular Season Series
|Series tied 5-5 (as of Mon 4/4)|
|» Mon 4/4||@BAL 5, DET 1||Box Score|
|Wed 4/6||DET 7, @BAL 3||Recap|
|Thu 4/7||@BAL 9, DET 5||Recap|
|Fri 8/12||DET 5, @BAL 4||Recap|
|Sat 8/13||DET 6, @BAL 5||Recap|
|Sun 8/14||@BAL 8, DET 5||Recap|
|Thu 9/22||BAL 6, @DET 5||Recap|
|Fri 9/23||@DET 4, BAL 3||Recap|
|Sat 9/24||BAL 6, @DET 5||Recap|
|Sun 9/25||@DET 10, BAL 6||Recap|
|Complete Schedule: Tigers | Orioles|
|2nd||M Wieters scored on R Porcello's wild pitch.||0||1|
|3rd||W Rhymes singled to left, B Inge scored, A Jackson to second.||1||1|
|5th||B Roberts homered to right center (400 feet), F Pie and J Hardy scored.||1||4|
|5th||M Wieters singled to left center, N Markakis scored.||1||5|
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|Stadium||Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, MD|
|Attendance||46,593 (101.4% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||76 degrees, sunny|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Derryl Cousins, First Base - Jim Joyce, Second Base - Ron Kulpa, Third Base - Jim Wolf|
How Orioles starter Jake Arrieta beat the Tigers: Threw 34 off-speed pitches with effectiveness as the Tigers went 1-for-5. Last season, opponents hit .223 against Arrieta's off-speed pitches. Left-handed opponents hit .315 last season against Arrieta, but Monday he kept the Tigers at bay. Arrieta retired eight Tigers left-handers in 10 at-bats (.200).
Following up to the previous note about the Orioles starters, their overall pitching and defense is off to a historic start. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this is the first time in team history in which the Orioles have allowed one run or fewer in each of the first four games of a season.
From Elias: The Orioles starting pitching has been outstanding to start the season. In each of their first four games, their starting pitcher has gone at least six innings while allowing one run or fewer. That's the longest streak to start a season in Orioles franchise history. The last team to have their starters go at least six innings allowing one run or fewer in each of the first four games of a season was the 2007 Mets (Tom Glavine, Orlando Hernandez, John Maine and Oliver Perez) The last AL team to do this was the 1991 White Sox (Jack McDowelL, Greg Hibbard, Alex Fernandez, Jack McDowell again).
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