Baltimore Orioles defeat Toronto Blue Jays, 7-3

Not so perfect Toronto Blue Jays left-hander Gustavo Chacin retired the first nine batters he faced before Jay Payton, making his first start for the Orioles, lined a single to center field.

The Orioles weren't finished, though. Melvin Mora walked and Nick Markakis followed with a two-run triple, the ball hitting the top of the fence in center field. Markakis scored on a single by Miguel Tejada, and the Orioles led 3-1.

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Tejada entered the weekend 1-fo...

Jay Payton arrived at Camden Yards yesterday to find his name at the top of the Orioles' lineup.

He was not, to say the least, an obvious choice for the leadoff role, not after spending the first three weeks of the new season on the disabled list with a strained hamstring. Not against a tough left-hander when he hadn't had a single regular-season at-bat.

"It was a little bit of a shock," Payton said.

Manager Sam Perlozzo obviously thought it made sense. Everyday l...

The Orioles, almost to a man, insist they're not trying to send any messages. Not to opponents, not to the rest of the league, not to all of baseball. If they beat a division rival, the only significance is that they've won another game. Each one counts the same.

Leave it to everyone else to find special meaning in a three-game sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays, which they completed with yesterday's 7-3 victory before 27,285 at Camden Yards. Or the five wins in six tries a...