Key moments from American League Division Series Game 2

National anthem: Soprano Chelsea Buyalos provided the second straight operatic anthem of the postseason.

Ceremonial first pitch: Orioles vice president of baseball operations Brady Anderson, an American League Division Series hero in his playing career, threw the ceremonial first ball Friday.

First pitch: Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen threw a strike to Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler at 12:08 p.m., one minute after the scheduled start time. It was 66 degrees and cloudy.

First out: Kinsler popped up on a 2-2 pitch to second baseman Jonathan Schoop to lead off the game.

First Orioles strikeout: With one out in the first inning, Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter chased a breaking ball in the dirt from Chen for the first of his three strikeouts.

First hit: Reigning AL Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera singled up the middle to quiet the early Orioles crowd with two outs in the top of the first inning.

First Orioles hit: Tigers starter Justin Verlander retired the first eight batters before Schoop hit a ball up the middle that bounced off second base for a single. The next batter, right fielder Nick Markakis, hit a two-run home run to put the Orioles ahead, 2-0.

Kate Upton watch: The Sports Illustrated cover girl was in her seat behind home plate around 20 minutes before first pitch. She was at both Games 1 and 2 to support her boyfriend, Verlander.

Best defensive play: With one on and nobody out in the fifth, Cabrera grounded a 1-2 fastball to the left of third baseman Ryan Flaherty. Flaherty dove to field the ball, threw from one knee to Schoop at second base, and the rookie threw to first to complete a double play.

Loudest boos: Cabrera, after he gesticulated to the crowd seconds after touching home plate on J.D. Martinez's go-ahead three-run home run in the fourth inning. When he grounded into the fifth-inning double play, Cabrera slowly walked back across the infield to jeers.

Hardest pitch: Kevin Gausman, in his first relief appearance since last September, reached 98 mph with his fastball, and he sat 96-97 mph in the outing. He threw 98 mph on the diving fastball that fanned Victor Martinez to end the fifth.

Biggest moment: Delmon Young's pinch-hit, three-run double in the eighth inning that put the Orioles ahead for a 7-6 win was the kind of play that's replayed in World Series champion montages every October.

Funniest moment: Right before Markakis homered to give the Orioles a two-run lead, Cabrera was inches behind Schoop as he took his lead off first, and telling jokes that had the Orioles second baseman chuckling as he took his lead. In the next half-inning, the pair reunited when the plodding Cabrera had to avoid a tag from Schoop on his fourth-inning double. Not sure who got the last laugh on that one.

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