Those left of the sold-out crowd started standing before Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo even reached the pitching mound yesterday. When Daniel Cabrera finally gave up the ball he so masterfully worked around the strike zone on this cold afternoon, the applause grew louder until the 6-foot-7 pitcher disappeared into the home dugout at Camden Yards.
After Hall of Famer-elect Cal Ripken Jr. threw out the game's first pitch and after all the pomp and circumstance was over, Cabrera became the star attraction in the 54th home opener in Baltimore. He shut down the Detroit Tigers in the Orioles' 6-2 win before 48,159, the second-largest Opening Day crowd in the stadium's history.
Tigers@Orioles Tonight, 7:05, MASN, 105.7 FM Starters: Nate Robertson (1-0, 3.18) vs. Jaret Wright (0-1, 15.43)