Baltimore Orioles defeat Detroit Tigers, 6-2

Orange hats by the thousands.

Concussive fireworks reverberating above Camden Yards. Roars of support from a sellout crowd as Brian Roberts ran down the long, orange carpet to take the field and Cal Ripken Jr. threw out the first pitch.

Yesterday's Orioles home opener featured all the markers of a city embracing its baseball team after a long winter away.

"It's Opening Day, and you can't get better than that here in Baltimore," manager Sam Perlozzo said before the ga...

Dancing days

Kevin Millar did his best Ray Lewis impression during the pre-game introductions, breaking out the linebacker's signature dance before jogging down the orange carpet. Then he reverted to baseball form by homering for the second time in two days to tie the game at 1 in the third. His leadoff shot ignited a four-run rally in the Orioles' 6-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers.

Soft touch

It's not how hard you hit them, but where. Brian Roberts blooped a si...

Those left of the sold-out crowd started standing before Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo even reached the pitching mound yesterday. When Daniel Cabrera finally gave up the ball he so masterfully worked around the strike zone on this cold afternoon, the applause grew louder until the 6-foot-7 pitcher disappeared into the home dugout at Camden Yards.

After Hall of Famer-elect Cal Ripken Jr. threw out the game's first pitch and after all the pomp and circumstance was over, Ca...

Line drives settle into fielders' gloves when a hitter is slumping. For Brian Roberts, a looping ball that fell into center field yesterday must have felt like a 500-foot home run.

Roberts used a soft touch to deliver a run-scoring single in the third inning off Detroit Tigers starter Chad Durbin. He also reached on an infield hit in the fifth, using his speed to beat out a slow roller to the right side.

Considering that Roberts went 0-for-5 in Sunday's game at Yanke...