As we count down the hours until the Orioles begin the 2010 season by playing the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla., tonight, here's a look at the last time the Orioles opened the season …On the road: April 2, 2007, at Minnesota Twins.
The game: With left-hander Erik Bedard starting opposite the Twins' Johan Santana, the Orioles fell behind 2-0 in the second inning before rallying to take a 3-2 lead in the fourth. Bedard, however, would allow a run in the bottom of the inning and three more in the fifth, and the Orioles went on to fall, 7-4. Bedard went 4 2/3 innings, giving up six runs on 10 hits and two walks while striking out three. Santana allowed four runs on seven hits and two walks in his six innings, striking out six. Miguel Tejada homered off Santana in the sixth, and Aubrey Huff, Jay Gibbons and Corey Patterson also drove in runs for the Orioles. For Minnesota, Justin Morneau and Torii Hunter each hit solo shots of Bedard in the second inning. Each added a second RBI later in the game, and Jeff Cirillo and Nick Punto also plated runs for the Twins.
That season: The Orioles went 69-93, finishing fourth in the American League East.
Against Tampa Bay: March 31, 2008, at Camden Yards.
The game: After scoring two runs in the first inning, the Orioles were shut down by Rays right-hander James Shields (today's starter for Tampa Bay). Shields went seven innings, giving up just the pair of runs on five hits and three walks while striking out two. Trever Miller, Alberto Reyes and Dan Wheeler combined to throw two innings of shutout relief for Tampa Bay, which got a homer from Eric Hinske (off starter Jeremy Guthrie) and RBIs from B.J. Upton (2), Dioner Navarro, Jason Bartlett and Carl Crawford. Guthrie was charged with six runs (five earned) on nine hits and a walk in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out two. Kevin Millar drove in the Orioles' only runs, doubling in Brian Roberts and Nick Markakis.
That season: The Orioles went 68-93, finishing fifth in the AL East.
On April 6: 2009, against the New York Yankees at Camden Yards.
The game: After falling behind 1-0 in the top of the third, the Orioles pushed across three runs in the bottom of the inning on Adam Jones' two-run triple and Markakis' sacrifice fly. The O's added another three runs in the fifth on Markakis' run-scoring single, Huff's RBI groundout and Yankees ace CC Sabathia's bases-loaded walk of Luke Scott. The Orioles appeared to have the game well in hand until New York scored twice in the sixth and added two more runs in the seventh, pulling within a run at 6-5. The Yankees' bullpen imploded in the bottom of the ninth however, as the Orioles scored four runs against Phil Coke, Brian Bruney and Damaso Marte. Light-hitting shortstop Cesar Izturis hit a two-run homer off Coke, and Huff drove in Jones and Markakis with double off Marte. In his first start with the Yankees, $161 million man Sabathia lasted just 4 1/3 innings, getting tagged for six runs on eight hits and five walks. Jeremy Guthrie got the Opening Day nod for the Orioles and turned in a quality start, going six innings and permitting three runs, seven hits and three walks while striking out three.
That season: The Orioles went 64-98, finishing fifth in the AL East.