Tonight's starting lineup went as follows:
#1 Brian Roberts 2nd base
#21 Nick Markakis Right field
#25 Derrek Lee 1st base
#27 Vladimir Guerrero DH
#10 Adams Jones Center field
#30 Luke Scott Left field
#12 Mark Reynolds 3rd base
#32 Matt Wieters Catcher
#2 J.J. Hardy Shortstop
#46 Jeremy Guthrie Starting Pitcher
Guthrie has been the Opening Day starter for three years now. He went 11-14 with a 3.83 ERA in 2010.
Last season, 41 percent of the runs Guthrie gave up were in the first inning. He didn't let that happen tonight, getting three outs in six pitches in the first inning.
Guthrie pitched a strong eight innings, allowing no runs and a walk. He gave up only three hits: two doubles and a single. He faced 27 batters and pitched 94 pitches, 67 of which were strikes.
The Rays starter, David Price, was 4-0 in his five starts against the Orioles prior to tonight's game. Last season, the O's scored one run in 15 innings against him.
Tonight, Price went seven innings, giving up four runs and five hits-meaning in one game, they scored more than they did all last season against him. He walked one and rung up seven strike outs while throwing 65 of his 103 pitches for strikes. He was pegged with the loss.
The Birds struck first, getting one run in the fourth. Hardy launched a double to the right field wall and got to third base on a throwing error when Price made a bad toss to second base. Markakis got the RBI by singling to left center.
The additional three runs were tacked on in the fifth inning. Matt Wieters singled and Hardy followed with a walk. Both came around to score after Brian Roberts' tripled to left field. Markakis added the fourth run by plating Roberts on a single.
Markakis and Roberts squashed any talks about lackluster performances tonight. Markakis went 1-3 with two RBIs and a single. With the other two RBIs and a triple, Roberts went 1-4. He also showed that his injury is better with his stellar performance on the field.
Hardy made his new presence be known by going 1-2 with a walk and showing his talents on shortstop. He may be the best off season acquisition, helping both on the field and at the plate.
Brian Matusz was scratched from tomorrow's start due to back pain. He had a MRI at 5:30 p.m. but no reports on the severity of the injury have been heard. Chris Tillman will face James Shields in tomorrow's game.