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The Big Birds: An Orioles Dynasty is brought to you by Basballfanatik9. I know many have followed my previous dynasties, and I hoped you enjoy them all. I just finished my Rangers dynasty, and it's time for a new team. The Orioles have a great time and I think they are World Series prone.

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Baltimore Orioles Roster

Lineup

1. Brian Roberts- 2B

2. Melvin Mora- 3B

3. Miguel Tejada- SS

4. Sammy Sosa- RF

5. Rafael Palmeiro- 1B

5. Javier Lopez- C

6. Jay Gibbons- DH

7. Luis Matos- CF

8. Larry Bigbie- LF

Bench

C- Geronimo Gil

INF- Chris Gomez

OF- Eli Marrero

UTIL- B.J. Surhoff

Starting Rotation

1. Sidney Ponson

2. Eric DuBose

3. Erik Bedard

4. Rodrigo Lopez

5. Bruce Chen

Bullpen

LRP- Todd Williams

LRP- Kurt Ainsworth

MRP- Steve Reed

MRP- Jason Grimsley

SU- Jorge Julio

SU- Steve Kline

CL- B.J. Ryan

Disabled List

Daniel Cabrera.: 37 Days.: Fractured Arm

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O's Go Big

icon_bal.gif BALTIMORE-- On a beautiful day at Camden Yards, the Orioles took their shot to impress a record crowd that had a renewed faith in the O's, playing a nearly geniune game Monday in a 11-3 win over the Oakland A's.

Sidney Ponson was excited to be the Opening Day starter, and had this to say before the game, "I feel great today, the Orioles are a totally different team, with the acquisition of Sammy Sosa, everyone has total confidence." Well, Ponson was right about the confidence, as he pitched a complete game, only allowing 2 earned runs on 8 hits and striking out 7. All though he struggled through a couple innings, he mananged to fight back and seal the deal.

Baltimore's bats were very lively in the season opener. Baltimore gave Zito an early exit, tacking on 5 runs in the first 2 innings, only allowing Zito to pitch 1.1 innings. Melvin Mora smoked a linedrive HR in the 1st inning over the right field porch. The 2nd inning was great, as the Orioles took advantage of Zito's mistake pitches. Miguel Tejada was on a tear, going 4 for 5, with 2 HRs, including a Grand Slam, while getting 6 RBIs. Baltimore tacked on 11 runs on 14 hits.

Oakland tried to come back when they scored 3 runs through 7 innings, getting the score to 5-3, but Miguel Tejada ended all hopes of a come back. Erubiel Durazo figured out Ponson, going 2 for 4, with 2 doubles and 1 RBI. Oakland's bats were frankly silent, as Ponson struck out 7 batters, which included Mark Kotsay, who struck out 3 times. Kotsay had this to say on his poor performance "Man, I don't know what to say, Ponson owned me, I couldn't put the bat on the ball to save my life." Oakland's hitting coach Dave Hudgens said the A's need to start working in the cages.

Even though Baltimore had a victorious day, there was some drama, Brian Roberts, the Orioles 2B, is out for 7 days with a Minor MCL Sprain. The injury occured while Roberts made a diving stop to get out Eric Byrnes at 1st base.

Baltimore hopes to have continued success as Daniel Cabrera takes on Danny Haren in game 2.

Box Score



		   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E




OAK-	   0   0   0   1   0   0   2   0   0   3   8   1


BAL-	   1   4   0   0   0   0   1   5   X   11  14  1

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Above Left.:Miguel Tejada smacks a grand slam in the 8th inning. Above Right.: B.J. Surhoff contributes a run in the 2nd inning.

Baltimore Orioles.: 1-0

Orioles News

Miguel Tejada hits 2 HRs, including a Grand Slam.

Sidney Ponson pitches a 3 run complete game.

Brian Roberts is out for 7 days with a Minor MCL Sprain.

Orioles Talk

Sir, Sidney Ponson "I felt great, I hope to have this same success everytime I'm on the mound, and the run support is just what I needed to boost my confidence"

Lee Mazzilli "This win is exactly what the ball club needs to gain assurance, and have high hopes for possibly a World Series. And the fans were awesome, so many fans came to show their support."

Miguel Tejada "Did I really belt out 2 HR's? When I hit the balls I thought they were just lazy flies, until I heard the fans going crazy. Wow, is all I can say. My bat was very good to me today, and hopefully it stays this way."

Notable Stats

Player Of The Game.: Miguel Tejada of the Baltimore Orioles earns the player of the game. Tejada went 4 for 5 with 2 HRs, including a Grand Slam, and 6 RBIs.

Oakland Athletics

Erubiel Durazo.: 2 for 4, 2 2Bs, 1 RBI

2Bs.: E. Durazo,2 (2), M. Scutaro (1)

RBIs.: E. Durazo (1), N. Swisher (1), M. Scutaro (1)

Baltimore Orioles

Miguel Tejada.: 4 for 5, 2 HRs, 6 RBIs, 1 Grand Slam

HRs- M. Mora (1), M. Tejada,2 (2)

RBIs.: M. Mora (1), M. Tejada,6 (6), B.J. Surhoff (1), C. Gomez,2 (2)

Pitching Stats

L- Barry Zito (0-1)

1.1 IP/4 H/5 R/2 ER/1 BB/2 SO/1 HR/13.50 ERA

W- Sidney Ponson (1-0)

9 IP/8 H/3 R/2 ER/0 BB/7 SO/0 HR/2.00 ERA/ CG

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O's Take Two

icon_bal.gif BALTIMORE-- The Orioles are hoping that Wednesday night was the end of all injuries, as starting pitcher Daniel Cabrera was knocked out in the 3rd inning by a hard linedrive, which Cabrera took off the arm.

The 6-foot-7 right-hander from the Dominican Republic was great the 3 innings he pitched, only allowing 1 run, which came off the bat of Erubiel Durazo, who hit a triple. But everything came to a screeching halt in the 3rd inning as Cabrera took a comebacker off his right arm, which has landed him on the disabled list.

But the Orioles had no worries when Eric DuBose came in, DuBose was stellar, going 4.1 innings and allowing only 2 hits and no runs. DuBose got the win, and during the postgame reports said this "This win is for you Danny [Daniel Cabrera]. I was ready for anything to happen, I knew I had a job to complete, and I did what I had to do." With the injury of Daniel Cabrera, DuBose has moved into the starting rotation and hopes to have the same success.

The game was quite a nail biter, the score was 1-1 until the 8th inning, when Dan Haren left a curveball hanging, and Melvin Mora made him pay for it, Mora sent it deep over the right field wall, and the estimated distance was 437 feet. The Orioles had 6 hits, most of them were seeing eye singles, and a couple long balls. Miguel Tejada also hit a HR in the 5th inning, which was his 3rd in 2 games.

The Orioles hope to sweep the A's in the finale, as Erik Bedard takes on Rich Harden.

Box Score



		   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E




OAK-	   0   0   0   0   1   0   0   0   0   1   8   0


BAL-	   0   0   0   0   1   0   0   1   X   2   6   2

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Above Left.:Miguel Tejada tags Dan Haren for a homerun in the 5th inning. Above Right.: B.J. Ryan saves the day.

Baltimore Orioles.: 2-0

Orioles News

Miguel Tejada hits his 3rd HR in consecutive days.

Melvin Mora hits in 2nd HR in consecutive days.

Daniel Cabrera is out for 43 days with a Fractured Arm.

Orioles Talk

William Goldliner (Club Physician) "Daniel Cabrera seems ok after the scans, it wasn't as bad as it looked, Cabrera was just shakened up a little. He has sustained a fractured arm and he'll be out for about 1 month (43 days), and we hope for a speedy recovery."

Melvin Mora "I came through in the clutch, it was awesome for me to help the team out, hopefully we can put up big numbers and won tons of games."

Notable Stats

Player Of The Game.: Melvin Mora of the Baltimore Orioles earns the player of the game. All though Mora had one hit, that one hit was a key HR which lead to another Orioles victory.

Oakland Athletics

Mark Kotsay.: 2 for 4

3B.: E. Durazo (1)

RBI.: E. Durazo (2)

Baltimore Orioles

Melvin Mora.: 1 for 4, 1 HR, 1 RBI

HRs- M. Mora (2), M. Tejada (3)

RBIs.: M. Mora (2) M. Tejada (7)

Pitching Stats

L- Danny Haren (0-1)

8 IP/6 H/2 R/2 ER/1 BB/1 SO/2 HR/2.25 ERA

W- Eric DuBose (1-0)

4.1 IP/2 H/0 R/0 ER/0 BB/0 SO/0 HR/0.00 ERA

Daniel Cabrera- 3.2 IP/ 1 R/ 1ER (Injured in 3rd inning)

S- B.J. Ryan (1)

Next Games Matchup

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..............Rich Harden.....................Erik Bedard

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Miss USA Contestants to Attend Finale

source: MLB.com

icon_bal.gif BALTIMORE --There will be 51 more reasons for Orioles fans to come out to Thursday's game against the Oakland A's.

In preparation for their pageant on April 11, all 51 Miss USA contestants will be on hand for the Orioles' series finale against Oakland. The visit is part of a two-week plan of activities for the pageant, which will be held at the Hippodrome Theater.

Last week, the Miss USA contestants visited M&T Bank Stadium and participated in football drills with Baltimore Ravens players.

On Thursday, a handful of contestants will arrive at 5 p.m. ET to watch batting practice and meet members of the Orioles. At 6:45 p.m. ET, all of the contestants will line the infield dirt as Miss Maryland Marina Harrison and current Miss USA Shandi Finnessey will throw out the ceremonial first pitches.

Also, Miss Alabama Jessica Tinney, Miss Montana Amanda Kimmel, Miss New Hampshire Candace Glickman, Miss Oregon Jessica Carlson and Miss Washington Amy Crawford will perform the national anthem before the game.

BBF9 note to viewers (This is a new feature, if anyone famous comes to the park, I'll let yall know :wink: )

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It's All Mora

icon_bal.gif BALTIMORE-- The Orioles ended the finale with a sweep. Camden Yards was to the full capacity, and there must have been about 5,000 brooms in the stands, hoping for the sweep.

The Orioles were perfect in 3 games, and Erik Bedard helped the teams success. Bedard pitched half way decent, not to his best ability, but he throw 8 innings, and only allowing 2 runs on 10 hits. Bedard had to get out of many struggles, especially in the 3rd inning when the A's had bases loaded with 1 out, but Bedard came through and got out of it with no runs allowed.

Melvin Mora has been almost perfect, hitting his 3rd and 4th HR in the game. Mora is on a power surge, and says his success leads to the Orioles hitting coach Terry Crowley, Mora had this to say about Crowley "During Spring Training I would go straight to the cages with Terry, and he helped me out in many ways, he smoothed out my swing, and also adjusted my stance. He has been a big help." The Orioles scored 4 runs on 8 hits and 3 runs were off HRs. Larry Bigbie got his 1st HR in the 8th inning, with a mammoth shot to Left Centerfield.

The Orioles take on the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in their next series. Game 1's matchup is Jaret Wright vs. Rodrigo Lopez. Baltimore hopes to at least win the series, and still stay on top in the standings.

Box Score



		   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E




OAK-	   0   0   0   0   2   0   0   0   0   2   10  0


BAL-	   1   0   0   1   1   0   1   0   X   4   8   1

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Above Left.:Melvin Mora hits 1 for 2 HRs. Above Right.: The Orioles celebrate the sweep, Palmeiro is upset with the lack of respect Rich Harden showed the Orioles.

Baltimore Orioles.: 3-0.: 1st place

Orioles News

Miguel Tejada continues his hitting streak to 3 games.

Melvin Mora hits in 4th HR in 3 consecutive days, he also hits his first multi-HR game, and he also continues his hitting streak to 3 games.

Orioles Talk

Erik Bedard "I didn't pitch to the best of my ability today, but I'm glad I did well enough to get the win."

Melvin Mora "Homerun Derby, here I come, I don't know what to say about my success, I'm just glad it's happening to me. I think my walk up music is fitting me well [MC Hammer-Can't Touch This]. Hope I can take this power and bring it to the Yanks."

Notable Stats

Player Of The Game.: Melvin Mora of the Baltimore Orioles earns the player of the game. Mora went 2 for 4, with 2 HRs and 2 RBIs.

Oakland Athletics

Eric Chavez.: 2 for 5, 1 2B, 1 R

2Bs- M. Kotsay (1), E. Chavez (1)

RBIs.: Bo. Crosby (1), N. Swisher (1)

SF- Bo. Crosby (1)

Baltimore Orioles

Melvin Mora.: 2 for 4, 2 HRs, 2 RBIs

HRs- M. Mora,2 (4), L. Bigbie (1)

RBIs.: M. Mora,2 (4) L. Matos (1), L. Bigbie (1)

Pitching Stats

L- Rich Harden (0-1)

8 IP/8 H/4 R/4 ER/1 BB/4 SO/3 HR/4.50 ERA

W- Erik Bedard (1-0)

8 IP/10 H/2 R/2 ER/1 BB/1 SO/0 HR/2.25 ERA

S- B.J. Ryan (2)

Next Games Matchup

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............Rodrigo Lopez...................Jaret Wright

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Everything Went Wright for Yanks

icon_bal.gif BALTIMORE-- Orioles finally fall in 1st game against division rival, New York Yankees and Jaret Wright pitched stellar. Baltimore hanged tough though, and wouldn't just give the Yanks an easy victory. Late inning fatigue ends Baltimores chances.

Rodrigo Lopez started in the big city, but everything seemed as if it was too big. In the 1st inning, Lopez was touched up for 2 runs, including a big 2 run double from Alex Rodriguez. After the 1st inning jitters for Lopez, everything else seemed to be smooth sailing. But once again, Lopez couldn't hold the Yankees bats, in the 8th inning Jason Giambi laced a 2 run double down the right field line. Lopez went a full 8 innings, allowing 4 runs on 14 hits, and striking out 3.

The Orioles bats weren't what they have been in the past games, Baltimore only had 2 runs on 8 hits. Good news though for Orioles slugger Melvin Mora, he continued his hitting streak to 4 games, getting 2 hits and 1 RBI against Wright. Luis Matos also helped out the O's by hitting a double to CF, bringing in 1 run.

Jaret Wright was basically lights out for the Yankees, Wright pitched 8 innings, allowing 2 runs, 1 was unearned on 8 hits. Wright seemed to figure out the batters, throwing it were they couldn't hit it. Mariano Rivera came in the 9th inning and shut the game out, getting his 1st save of the season.

In Game 2, the Orioles hope to tie the series, as Bruce Chen takes on Kevin Brown.

Box Score



		   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E




BAL-	   0   0   1   1   0   0   0   0   0   2   8   0


NYY-	   2   0   0   0   0   0   0   2   X   4   14  1

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Above Left.:Melvin Mora gets a hit to continue his hitting streak to 4 games. Above Right.: A-Rod makes a web gem catch to end the game.

Baltimore Orioles.: 3-1.: Tied for 1st place

Orioles News

Miguel Tejada's hitting streak ends at 3 games.

Melvin Mora continues his hitting streak to 3 games.

Orioles Talk

Rodrigo Lopez"I can't say much, I really didn't do my job. I wasn't pitching, I was just aiming. I'm sorry, I don't want to talk about this anymore."

Lee Mazzilli"Rodrigo [Lopez] just got touched up a little bit. Hopefully he works over with his mechanics, and next game he is lights out."

Notable Stats

Player Of The Game.: Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees earns the player of the game. A-Rod went 4 for 4, with 2 Doubles and 2 RBIs.

New York Yankees

Alex Rodriguez.: 4 for 4, 2 2Bs, 2 RBIs

2Bs- D. Jeter (1), Alex Rodriguez, 2 (2), Jason Giambi (1)

RBIs.: Alex Rodriguez, 2 (4), Jason Giambi,2 (5)

Baltimore Orioles

Melvin Mora.: 2 for 4, 1 RBI

2Bs- J. Lopez (1), L. Matos (2)

RBIs.: M. Mora (5), J. Gibbons (1)

Pitching Stats

W- Jaret Wright (1-0)

8 IP/8 H/2 R/1 ER/0 BB/2 SO/0 HR/1.13 ERA

L- Rodrigo Lopez (0-1)

8 IP/14 H/4 R/4 ER/0 BB/4 SO/0 HR/4.50 ERA

S- Mariano Rivera (1)

Next Games Matchup

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..............Bruce Chen......................Kevin Brown

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Say It Ain't Sosa

icon_bal.gif BALTIMORE-- It has finally happened. Slammin' Sammy Sosa has made his mark as a Orioles with his 1st HR in the 2nd inning against Kevin Brown. Bruce Chen was perfect allowing no runs. It was a picture perfect day at Yankee Stadium, and the Orioles win to stay alive.

Sammy Sosa finally got out of his struggles, belting his 1st HR in the 2nd inning, with a 384 ft blast over the left field wall. Sosa had this to say after the game "I'm happy to be on track, hopefully my bat comes through in the clutch and we start winning a lot more games." The Orioles had 2 runs on 10 hits, and Melvin Mora kept his hitting streak alive to 4 games, as he had 2 singles. Backup catcher Geronimo Gil came through as well in the 6th inning with a double that scored Melvin Mora.

Bruce Chen pitched a perfect 8 scoreless innings. The Yanks only got 6 hits, and only reached 2nd base once, which came off a throwing error from Miguel Tejada. Chen had 4 strikeouts, and was pretty dominant around the strike zone. B.J. Ryan came through in the 9th inning to pull off his 3rd save, B.J. said this about his success "I feel good when in go inning for an inning, all the pressure is put on me, and I am thrilled to play under those types of circumstances." Orioles pitchers have been good except for Rodrigo Lopez, who only allowed 4 runs.

The Orioles hope to win its 2nd series as they take on the Yanks in game 3. In the rubber match, Sidney Ponson takes on the veteran, Randy Johnson.

Box Score



		   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E




BAL-	   0   1   0   0   0   1   0   0   0   2   10  1


NYY-	   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   X   0   6   0

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Above Left.:Sammy Sosa shows some love to the camera. Above Right.: Chris Gomez makes a diving stop to get out Sheffield.

Baltimore Orioles.: 4-1.: Tied for 1st place

Orioles News

Melvin Mora continues his hitting streak to 4 games.

Sammy Sosa belts his first HR as a Oriole.

Orioles Talk

Sammy Sosa"Baseball has been very very good to me. I really like the way we have been playing, and I know it's my job to come through, and I did."

Bruce Chen"I was a stud on the mound today. The Yanks don't have anything on me. I felt great on the mound, and I think I own the Yanks."

Joe Torre(On Bruce Chen's comment) "Bruce Chen, after his comments about the game, I have no f**king respect for him. He better hope he doesn't pitch to us again, if he does, we're going to tear him a new a**."

Notable Stats

Player Of The Game.: Bruce Chen of the Baltimore Orioles is the player of the game. Chen pitched a scoreless 8 inning gem, and only allowed 6 hits. The Yankees reached 2nd Base only once, off an error from Miguel Tejada.

New York Yankees

Alex Rodriguez.: 2 for 4, 2 1Bs

No Doubles, Triples, RBIs, or HRs, all singles

Baltimore Orioles

Geronimo Gil.: 3 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 2B

2Bs- G. Gil (1)

HR- S. Sosa (1)

RBIs.: G. Gil (1), S. Sosa (1)

Pitching Stats

L- Kevin Brown (0-1)

8.1 IP/10 H/2 R/2 ER/1 BB/3 SO/1 HR/2.16 ERA

W- Bruce Chen (1-0)

8 IP/6 H/0 R/0 ER/0 BB/4 SO/0 HR/0.00 ERA

S- B.J. Ryan (3)

Next Games Matchup

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...........Sidney Ponson................Randy Johnson

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Sidney On The Roll

icon_bal.gif BALTIMORE-- It's obvious that Orioles right-hander Sidney Ponson has manager Lee Mazzilli's full trust. In Ponson's 1st two starts, he is 2-0, with a 1.50 ERA.

When the Orioles carried a four-run lead into the late innings on Sunday against the New York Yankees, Mazzilli could have easily taken the ball out of Ponson's hand, yet, Mazzilli stuck with his No. 1 starter throughout the whole game to finish off a satisfying 5-1 win in front of 46,797 at Yankee Stadium.

Sidney Ponson was lights out, he throw a complete game. He only allowed 1 run on 7 hits. He struck out 7 batters, including Jason Giambi, who struck out 3 times. Ponson has been really calm on the mound, and said that has been his key to success. Pitching coach Ray Miller had this to say about Ponson's performance "Sidney has really improved from last year, he has really worked hard, and it's all paying off."

The Orioles also had their bats with them, as the scored 5 runs and had 7 hits. The Orioles scored all 5 runs of the Yankees ace, Randy Johnson. They tagged Johnson up for 7 hits, including 2 HRs, one from Javy Lopez and the other from Rafael Palmeiro. Palmeiro isn't known for hitting against lefties, but he surely jacked one, which went to the upper deck on the right field side.

The Orioles will enjoy their day off, and then it's back to work. The Orioles take on the Tampa Bay Devil Rays at the Trop. In game 1 it will be Eric DuBose against Mark Hendrickson.

Box Score



		   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E




BAL-	   0   0   0   0   0   2   3   0   0   5   7   0


NYY-	   0   0   0   1   0   0   0   0   0   1   7   0

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Above Left.:B.J. Surhoff hits in the 1st run of the game. Above Right.: Rafael Palmeiro jacks a HR off of Randy Johnson.

Baltimore Orioles.: 5-1.: 1st place

Orioles News

Melvin Mora's hitting hitting streak ends at 4 games.

Rafael Palmeiro hits his first HR of the season, which was a 2 run shot off of Randy Johnson.

Orioles Talk

Lee Mazzilli"Sidney [Ponson] is almost perfect. He has been working very hard throughout spring training, and it has showed. I am really proud of him."

Sidney Ponson" I am ecstatic. I feel so relaxed on the mound, and I think my calm composer is what helps me out. I hope my success continues, and hopefully I'll be starting in Detroit."

Notable Stats

Player Of The Game.: Sidney Ponson of the Baltimore Orioles earns the player of the game. Ponson was dominant against the Yankees. Ponson only allowed 1 run on 7 hits, and struck out 7. He is now 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA.

New York Yankees

Tony Womack.: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 1 R

2B- T. Womack (1)

RBI- T. Martinez (2)

Baltimore Orioles

Rafael Palmeiro.: 2 for 4, 2 RBIs, 1 HR

2Bs- C. Gomez (1), B.J. Surhoff (1)

HRs- J. Lopez (1), R. Palmeiro (1)

RBIs.: C. Gomez (3), J. Lopez (1), R. Palmeirom2 (2), B.J. Surhoff (1)

Pitching Stats

L- Randy Johnson (0-1)

7 IP/7 H/5 R/5 ER/2 BB/3 SO/2 HR/4.11 ERA

W- Sidney Ponson (1-0)

9 IP/7 H/1 R/1 ER/0 BB/7 SO/0 HR/1.50 ERA/CG

Next Games Matchup

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.............Eric DuBose...................Mark Hendrickson

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We will do weekly recaps and take a look inside the Orioles organization.

Season Opener

Game 1

OAK vs. BAL

Baltimore wins the season opener 11-3 against the Oakland Athletics. Long balls helped the O's in the win, including a Grand Slam off the bat of Miguel Tejada, who had 2 HRs and 6 RBIs in the game. Sidney Ponson started the season opener and pitched well, he only allowed 3 runs on 8 hits.

Game 2

OAK vs. BAL

Baltimore gets another victory as they beat the Oakland Athletics 2-1. It was a nail biter til' the end, but the Orioles were the ones on top. Melvin Mora's HR in the 8th inning sealed the deal for another Oriole win. Daniel Cabrera started but didn't last to long, Cabrera was knocked out in the 3rd inning with a fractured arm. Cabrera should be back in about a month, and hopefully he does well. Eric DuBose came in for Cabrera and did the job.

Game 3

OAK vs. BAL

Baltimore pulls of a sweep in the series opener. Baltimore looked really sharp as they scored 4 runs off the Athletics. Melvin Mora hit his 4th HR in 3 consecutive games, and he was a beast at the plate. Erik Bedard pitched an okay game,he only allowed 2 runs, but the A's tacked on 10 hits. The Orioles defense backed up Bedard 100 % though.

Game 1

BAL vs. NYY

Baltimore suffered their 1st lost of the game, to the hands of Jaret Wright and the New York Yankees. Wright pitched well, and the Orioles only put 2 runs on the board, which wasn't enough to take down the Yanks. Rodrigo Lopez get roughed up, allowing 4 runs on 14 hits.

Game 2

BAL vs. NYY

Baltimore is back on track, as they beat the Yankees 2-0. It was rather a quiet and close game until the end. Sammy Sosa blasted his 1st HR in the 2nd inning, which significally, was enough to beat the Yanks. Bruce Chen pitched great, allowing no runs on 6 hits. And Closer B.J. Ryan got his 3rd save and is lights out when he comes in the 9th inning.

Game 3

BAL vs. NYY

Randy Johnson who? That's what the Orioles were wondering, as they dominated RJ, putting 5 runs on the board with 7 hits, including 2 jacks. Rafael Palmeiro showed that a 41 yr old still has a big stick and can belt one out of the park. Palmeiro took one deep into the rightfield porch. Sidney Ponson got his 2nd win of the season and lowered his ERA to 1.50. He struck out 7 batters, only allowing 1 run on 7 hits.

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1. Melvin Mora.: .360 avg.: .840 slg.: 5 R.: 5 H.: 4 HRs.: 5 RBIs.: .360 obp

2. Miguel Tejada.: .304 avg.: .696 slg.: 4 R.: 7 H.: 3 HRs.: 7 RBIs.: .360 obp

3. Jay Gibbons.: .316 avg.: .316 slg.: 1 R.: 6 H.: 0 HRs.: 1 RBI.: .333 obp

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1. Sammy Sosa.: .083 avg.: .208 slg.: 1 R.: 2 H.: 1 HR.: 1 RBI.: .083 obp

BATTING LEADERS

AVG- 1. Melvin Mora.: .360, 2. Jay Gibbons.: .316, 3. Miguel Tejada.: .304

HRs- 1. Melvin Mora.: 4, 2. Miguel Tejada.: 3, 3. Four tied with 1

Hits- 1. Melvin Mora.: 9, 2. Miguel Tejada.: 7, 3. Chris Gomez.: 6, Jay Gibbons.: 6

RBIs- 1. Miguel Tejada.: 7, Melvin Mora.: 5, Chris Gomez.: 3

PITCHING LEADERS

W- 1. Sidney Ponson.: 2, 2. Three tied with 1.

SVs- 1. B.J. Ryan.: 3

Ks- 1. Sidney Ponson.: 14, 2. Three tied with 4.

ERA- 1. Bruce Chen.: 0.00, 2. Sidney Ponson.: 1.50, 3. Erik Bedard.: 2.25

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I don't know if you are interested, but I found out that Bruce Chen trades for Scott Kazmir straight up!!! That'd be a huge trade for the Orioles (although I did the trade in preseason before any stats had evolved). Also, I got Huston Street straight up for Eric DuBose, Kendry Morales straight up for John Maine (not worth it though, keep Maine) and Brandon League straight up for James Baldwin (how or why I don't know). You should pick up these players. I'm an avid O's fan so I'll be reading your dynasty once in a while, good luck!

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"but I found out that Bruce Chen trades for Scott Kazmir straight up!!!"

Whenever you make a trade, you should first save your dynasty. Then make the trade, and then trade the players back. If the other team accepts it both ways, then you know it's a fair trade.

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