I told you so, Part I
When Orioles catcher Paul Bako got up in the fourth inning with two on and one out, Nick Markakis predicted to Aubrey Huff that Bako, who hadn't hit a home run since 2004, was going to take Yankees starter Darrell Rasner deep. On a 2-0 pitch, he did just that, hitting a drive that gave the Orioles a lead that starter Erik Bedard and the Chris Ray-led bullpen wouldn't relinquish. "Huffy told [Markakis] that he should play the lottery," Bako said after the Orioles' 6-4 victory.
I told you so, Part II
Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo got defensive before Friday's series opener when a reporter suggested that Markakis was traditionally a slow starter. He pointed out that Markakis was swinging the bat far better than he was last year and that it was just a matter of time before he broke out. In three games at Yankee Stadium, Markakis was 7-for-15 with one home run, three RBIs and two runs scored. His three-hit performance yesterday raised his batting average to .320.
I told you so, Part III
Kevin Millar, the eternal optimist, told a couple of reporters before yesterday's game that he was going to go out and get three hits. He fell just short of that prediction. But along with his two hits, including his two-run second inning home run, he did have a seventh-inning sacrifice fly, giving Ray some breathing room.
The Orioles will celebrate today's home opener by sending Daniel Cabrera to the mound against Detroit Tigers No. 5 starter Chad Durbin. Cabrera is 2-0 against the Tigers in his career with a 6.43 ERA.