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The O's and Twins were delayed 42 minutes by the steady mist, but are now underway and the Orioles have just taken the lead on a double by Adam Jones and the fifth homer of the young season by Nick Markakis.

Markakis raised his RBI total to 29 with a line drive off Twins starter Kevin Slowey that caromed off the right field foul pole. Slowey came into the game with a 4-0 record (which, incidentally, equals the number of wins by the Orioles two winningest starters combined), but Markakis seems to like hitting against anyone in a Twins uniform.

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The home run was 26th hit and eighth homer in 81 career at-bats (.321) against Minnesota, and the Orioles added another in the first on a double by Aubrey Huff and an RBI single by Luke Scott.

Now, it's just a matter of Mark Hendrickson keeping the Orioles ahead for the next five or six innings. He retired the side in order in the first and needs to work faster than usual to get the O's through five with the lead. It's misting pretty good right now and the rain is supposed to intensify in the next hour or so.

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