Baltimore Orioles defeat Washington Nationals, 5-4

Lineup choices

National League rules don't allow for a designated hitter, and manager Sam Perlozzo went against conventional thinking by starting right-handed hitters Kevin Millar and Jay Payton against Washington Nationals right-hander Jason Simontacchi. Left-handed hitters Aubrey Huff and Jay Gibbons were relegated to the bench. The moves were rewarded when Payton lifted a sacrifice fly in the fourth to give the Orioles a 1-0 lead, and Millar added a run-scoring singl...

WASHINGTON -- Jay Gibbons always had been a proponent of interleague play until last night, his opinion altered somewhat by how it affected the Orioles' lineup against the Washington Nationals.

Unlike past years, he wasn't in it.

Without the use of a designated hitter under National League rules, manager Sam Perlozzo chose to start Kevin Millar at first base and Jay Payton in left field. Gibbons and Aubrey Huff began the game on a five-man bench.

"I've always love...

WASHINGTON -- Everything about the atmosphere at RFK Stadium for last night's series opener between the Orioles and Washington Nationals spoke to just another game over the course of a long baseball season.

There was no evidence of a neighborhood rivalry, no big-game environment, no prolonged excitement for the first eight innings. It was what you'd expect when Game 42 of the season brought together two clubs that entered last night in last place in their respective div...