Baltimore Orioles defeat Colorado Rockies, 4-2

Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo got the news while his team was taking batting practice, and he made no attempt to suppress his pride.

The Orioles had selected his son, Eric, a middle infielder from Shippensburg University, in the 35th round of the amateur draft. It was the start of what Perlozzo hoped would be a special night.

As it turned out, his night ended prematurely. Perlozzo was ejected in the top of the sixth inning for arguing a run-scoring balk call on starter S...

Markakis' hop

The ghost of Sammy Sosa inhabited Nick Markakis' body in the fifth inning. Markakis crushed a pitch from Colorado Rockies starter Jeff Francis and hopped out of the batter's box, knowing the ball was headed for the flag court above the out-of-town scoreboard in right field for a two-run homer. Estimated distance: 330 feet. That's the home run, not the hop. Markakis also singled in the first inning and has hit safely in eight of his past nine games, batting...