Waiting to exhale
Bet you didn't know you could hold your breath for a whole inning, but you might have to get into the habit. The Orioles hammered Rangers starter Vicente Padilla and appeared to take a commanding lead, only to find themselves up against the wall -- literally -- in the bottom of the ninth.
Nick Markakis began his campaign for the Gold Glove by crashing the fence to make a terrific game-saving catch and closer George Sherrill performed another one of his great escapes as the Orioles won their third consecutive series opener.
I mean, what did you expect at the Ballpark at Arlington, a stadium known for games just like this one. The Rangers are a big-swinging team and the Orioles have quickly established themselves as a very legitimate offensive machine. The O's swung the bats just well enough to get Koji Uehara his second victory in spite of a start that unraveled in the middle innings.
Everyone knew there were going to be games like this. Orioles fans can only hope most of them end the same way.