For one day at least, the Orioles looked amazing.
Jake Arrieta was nearly unhittable. Nick Markakis found his power stroke.
The O's beat up on the Twins in a 4-2 season-opening victory in front of a sell-out crowd at Camden Yards. Baltimore is in a three-way tie for first place in the AL East. Boston and New York are in the cellar. Life is good...
Arrieta (1-0) allowed just two hits (both singles) and two walks over seven solid innings, fanning four. Markakis homered to left in his first at bat and tripled to right his next time up, finishing with three RBIs.
Things got a little dicey in the ninth after Troy Patton served up a two-run dinger to cut the O's lead in half, but Jim Johnson came on to record the final two outs and pick up his first save of the season.
The Birds send Tommy Hunter to the mound on Saturday night...me, my wife and some good friends will be in the stands for Opening Night...Let's Go O's!