Tying a milestone -- and a big surprise
Pretty eventful first inning for the Orioles on Saturday.
Facing potential AL MVP Justin Verlander, who is going for his 25th win this year, rookie Matt Angle hit his first major league homer to lead off the game. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound Angle had 11 homers in 2,054 minor league at-bats. None previously in 64 big league at-bats for Angle.
It was the Orioles' fifth leadoff homer of the season. The first four were by J.J. Hardy.
To make matters worse for Tigers fans against their beloved Verlander? Angle is a Ohio State guy who grew up in Columbus.
Anyway, three batters later, Vladimir Guerrero lined a single to left for his 2,586th hit -- which ties Julio Franco for most by a Dominican Republic-born player.