Minnesota Twins left-hander Johan Santana may be baseball's best pitcher. But no one has told Orioles left fielder Jay Gibbons, who sometimes sits out against tough left-handers. Gibbons had two doubles against Santana last night in three at-bats, making him 8-for-15 with five RBIs against the two-time American League Cy Young Award winner.
No happy feet
Miguel Tejada's bat is ready for the season, but his feet may not be. The Orioles shortstop singled against Santana in his first at-bat and crushed a bases-empty homer in the sixth. But after rounding the bases, he pointed skyward on his way to the dugout and nearly tripped and fell. When he took a seat on the bench, Tejada broke into laughter.
Right fielder Nick Markakis, in his first big-league Opening Day start, had two outfield assists, twice gunning down AL Most Valuable Player Justin Morneau. In the fourth, Morneau tried to score from second on a single by Jeff Cirillo. Markakis threw a bullet to catcher Paul Bako, who held onto the ball in the subsequent home-plate collision. The next inning, Morneau tried to turn a single into a double and Markakis again made a nice throw to nab him.