Baltimore Orioles defeat Texas Rangers, 7-5

ARLINGTON, Texas - The Orioles were well aware of the long-term ramifications, like the elbow injury to No. 3 starter Alfredo Simon and the taxing of their bullpen, but they opted to overlook them to celebrate an impressive and unlikely win considering the circumstances Tuesday night.

The hero of the moment was Adam Jones, whose mammoth two-run homer off Texas Rangers reliever Eddie Guardado broke a 10th-inning tie and was the big hit in the 7-5 victory before an announ...

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Right-handed reliever Dennis Sarfate didn't factor into the decision, but he was easily the Orioles' most valuable player Tuesday. It was Sarfate who took the ball after starter Alfredo Simon left the game with one out in the second inning because of right elbow discomfort. Sarfate logged 3 1/3 scoreless innings at a time when the Orioles needed not only an extended effort, but a quality one.

STREAK STOPPED

Entering the game, opposing teams were 11-for...

The Orioles have opened the 2009 season with a shower of base hits that has drenched some of the skepticism that followed the team out of spring training and - any minute now - figures to spawn a new conversation about the franchise's organizational priorities.

It's very early, of course, but the offensive production at the top of the Orioles' lineup is legit. Brian Roberts, Adam Jones and Nick Markakis are versatile and talented players who would fit very well on a con...