Former Orioles pitcher and current ESPN broadcaster Rick Sutcliffe threw out the ceremonial first pitch Friday to former Orioles catcher Chris Hoiles, a matching of the battery that participated in the first pitch at Camden Yards 20 years ago.

"There's always going to be anther Opening Day," Sutcliffe said. "But there was never going to be another first Opening Day at Camden Yards. That's what brought me [to Baltimore]."

Sutcliffe said he believes his first pitch that day was an outside fastball. On Friday, the 55-year-old Sutcliffe didn't exactly bring the heat with his ceremonial first toss.

"I know it looked like a changeup, but it wasn't," he quipped.

Well-traveled Thorne

MASN play-by-play announcer Gary Thorne is racking up the frequent flier miles. He announced both ends of the NCAA Division I Hockey Frozen Four on Thursday night then flew into Baltimore for Friday's Camden Yards opener. He'll announce the hockey championship game Saturday in Tampa and then come back to broadcast Sunday's Orioles-Twins game.

Season firsts

The first pitch of the Orioles' season was a 94-mph fastball from Arrieta to Minnesota's Denard Span at 3:09 p.m. It was called a strike. Span made the first out, a comebacker to Arrieta. The next batter in the inning, Jamey Carroll, was the first base runner on the first walk of the Orioles' season. J.J. Hardy scored the season's first run after picking up the Orioles' first walk in the first inning. First hit, first homer and first RBI: Markakis' two-run shot against Carl Pavano in the first. Arrieta recorded the first strikeout in the second, catching Ryan Doumit looking to end the inning.

Around the horn

LHP Dana Eveland, who cleared waivers Thursday, joined Triple-A Norfolk's roster Friday. To make room for him, the organization released right-hander Armando Galarraga. … Brian Roberts, who is on the disabled list with concussion symptoms, was with the team for Friday's opener but was not introduced to the crowd. When he took pre-game grounders, he did so wearing a helmet. Roberts saw his string of eight consecutive Opening Day starts end. … During pre-game introductions, Gregg received some boos from the home crowd. ... In his first Opening Day start, second baseman Robert Andino was 1-for-3. ... This was the Twins' fifth straight Opening Day loss. ... The Orioles held a moment of silence for players and staff that passed away in 2011-12, with names scrolling on the video screen. The presentation ended with a picture of former pitcher and team executive Mike Flanagan, who died in August. ... There was a passing of the microphone in the press box. Dave McGowan, who was the Orioles' PA announcer for 14 seasons, officially turned over the mic to new PA guy Ryan Wagner to kick off pre-game festivities. … Pitching coach Rick Adair made his major league coaching debut with the Cleveland Indians in 1992, on the day Camden Yards opened.

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