Analyzing The Opener

April 03, 2007|By DAN CONNOLLY

Break in tradition

It was a strange season opener for the Orioles. No orange carpet to run down. No orange and black balloons to loft into the afternoon sky. For that matter, there was no afternoon, no sky. For only the third time in the past 28 years, the Orioles began their regular season on the road, playing against the Minnesota Twins at the sold-out Metrodome. It was the first time since 1995 they didn't open at Camden Yards. It was only the second time in club history they've opened at night and the first start in a dome. There also was this break in tradition: The Orioles lost. They previously had won six straight openers, which had been the longest such streak in baseball.

Cy strikes back

The Orioles' loss to Johan Santana was their first in their past four attempts against a reigning Cy Young Award winner on Opening Day. They are now 3-3 against the American League's best returning pitcher.

They beat the New York Yankees' Roger Clemens (2002), Boston's Pedro Martinez (2001) and Kansas City's Bret Saberhagen (1990).

They lost in their first two attempts, dropping the 1984 opener to the Chicago White Sox's La Marr Hoyt and the 1962 opener to the Yankees' Whitey Ford.

Up Next

Daniel Cabrera starts tonight against the Twins and right-hander Boof Bonser. The Orioles are hoping Cabrera can continue his magic against Minnesota. In seven career starts against the Twins, Cabrera is 5-1 with a 3.25 ERA. He has more victories against Minnesota than any other club.

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