Benson goes distance

O's pitcher starts Nats rivalry with nine-inning gem

Orioles 5 Nationals 1

May 20, 2006|By JEFF ZREBIEC | JEFF ZREBIEC,SUN REPORTER

Washington -- One of the only early signs that this was anything other than the start of a three-game series between two struggling baseball teams came during the national anthem when Orioles fans at RFK Stadium yelled their traditional "O!" and Washington Nationals fans responded with boos.

The game generated little buzz otherwise, so that exchange amounted to fighting words. The first regular-season game between the two cities' baseball teams since 1971 was treated as just another early-season game to the participants, and also for the fans.

Orioles@Nationals Tonight, 7:05, Ch. 54, 1090 AM Starters: Orioles' Rodrigo Lopez (1-6, 7.86) vs. Nationals' Tony Armas Jr. (4-2, 3.02)

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