The Orioles just announced that the crowd of 7,497 at Ed Smith Stadium is a sellout.

The Orioles lead 12-6 heading into the top of the eighth inning. The Rays scored two in the top of the seventh off Orioles reliever Jason Berken. However, the Orioles just answered with two of their own as Brandon Snyder hit a two-run double into the gap in right center field.

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Nick Markakis, who went 3-for-3 with two homers and four RBIs, held court with the media for a while. Here are some of his thoughts:

On the team's performance: "It's a good way to kick it off. It's nice to have all the fans out here and get the first day out of the way. It's a hectic day. We started out good, we swung the bats well and Jeremy [Guthrie] went out there and pitched great."

On the Orioles' lineup: "We're still missing Derrek out of the lineup, too. We're going to swing the bats. There's no question. We definitely have the depth, we have the lineup. We have a hell of a ballclub here. It's going to be fun and exciting throughout the whole year."

On how he feels: "The biggest part is just go out and work on things, try to get your pitch selected, get some good pitches and be aggressive. That's what spring training is all about. You want to see as many pitches as you can and try to put as many good swings on those pitches as you can."

On the stadium: "The facility is pretty unbelievable, and we still have a lot to go with the locker room and everything else around it. But the field -- and I don't know how the amenities are up there -- but everything looks great. You can't complain. It's a new ballpark, and it's pretty awesome to be able to play in it."

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