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Cabrera sparks Orioles to win in home opener

Apr 10, 2007 - 1:26 AM BALTIMORE (Ticker) -- Daniel Cabrera may finally be reaching his potential.

Cabrera pitched into the seventh inning for the second consecutive game and Kevin Millar homered as the Orioles won their seventh consecutive home opener, 6-2, over the Detroit Tigers.

After struggling with his control during his first three seasons, Cabrera (1-1) allowed two runs with seven hits - and most important, no walks.

"I feel really comfortable. I worked hard everyday (in spring training) and it paid off," Cabrera said. "It feels so good. (It was) so exciting to pitch the opening (home opener). It's (the) first time for me. I'm happy to be here."

"He throws 96-97 (miles per hour) with a good change and great curveball," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "He is more poised and has more of a presence on the mound than last year. He pitched very well."

Following a season in which he led the majors in wild pitches and walks, the 6-7 righthander has walked four batters through two starts, his lowest career total through two starts.

"We (will) wait until our season is over before I compare (this year) to last year," Cabrera said. "Today I had good location and all my pitches were working."

Millar's solo blast triggered a four-run third inning that turned a one-run deficit into a 4-1 lead. Following a run-scoring single from Brian Roberts, Melvin Mora doubled to deep center to plate Roberts for his team-leading eighth RBI.

"Early in the season everything is magnified," Millar said. "It's a long season. "I was looking for a pitch I could handle and fortunately it went out."

Detroit starter Chad Durbin (0-1) struggled in his first start since 2004, giving up six runs and nine hits with a walk and five strikeouts.

Placido Polanco and Magglio Ordonez each had two hits for the Tigers, who have dropped two straight contests.








  • AL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    DETROIT 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 7 0
    BALTIMORE 0 0 4 0 2 0 0 0 x 6 10 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: DET - CHAD DURBIN, WILFREDO LEDEZMA (5TH), JOSE MESA (8TH) AND IVAN
    RODRIGUEZ
    BAL - DANIEL CABRERA, CHAD BRADFORD (8TH) AND PAUL BAKO

    HOME RUNS: DET - NONE
    BAL -

    Apr 9 5:40 PM


  • AL
    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE
    TRIPLE BY CURTIS GRANDERSON SCORED CRAIG MONROE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C GRANDERSON ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 2
    BALTIMORE 6 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: P POLANCO (.440, 2-FOR-3)

    Tigers vs. OriolesApr 9 5:22 PM


  • AL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    DETROIT 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 0
    BALTIMORE 0 0 4 0 2 0 6 10 0 (BOT 7)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: DET - WILFREDO LEDEZMA
    BAL - DANIEL CABRERA

    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: N MARKAKIS (.286, 0-FOR-3)
    M TEJADA (.250, 2-FOR-3, RBI)
    A HUFF (.296, 1-FOR-3, RBI)

    Apr 9 5:04 PM


  • AL
    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JAY GIBBONS SCORED MIGUEL TEJADA.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J GIBBONS ON SECOND, A HUFF ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 1
    BALTIMORE 6 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: K MILLAR (.211, 1-FOR-2, HR, RBI)

    Tigers vs. OriolesApr 9 4:42 PM


  • AL
    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY AUBREY HUFF SCORED BRIAN ROBERTS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A HUFF ON FIRST, M TEJADA ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 1
    BALTIMORE 5 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: J GIBBONS (.200, 0-FOR-1, BB)

    Tigers vs. OriolesApr 9 4:36 PM


  • AL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    DETROIT 0 1 0 0 1 4 0
    BALTIMORE 0 0 4 0 4 6 0 (TOP 5)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: DET - CHAD DURBIN
    BAL - DANIEL CABRERA

    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: S CASEY (.222, 1-FOR-1, RBI)
    C MONROE (.133, 0-FOR-1)
    B INGE (.000, 0-FOR-1)

    Apr 9 4:18 PM


  • AL
    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MIGUEL TEJADA SCORED MELVIN MORA.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, M TEJADA ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 1
    BALTIMORE 4 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: A HUFF (.280, 0-FOR-1)

    Tigers vs. OriolesApr 9 4:03 PM


  • AL
    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY MELVIN MORA SCORED BRIAN ROBERTS.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, M MORA ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 1
    BALTIMORE 3 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: N MARKAKIS (.308, 0-FOR-1)

    Tigers vs. OriolesApr 9 3:56 PM


  • AL
    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY BRIAN ROBERTS SCORED COREY PATTERSON.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, B ROBERTS ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 1
    BALTIMORE 2 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: M MORA (.276, 1-FOR-1)

    Tigers vs. OriolesApr 9 3:53 PM


  • AL
    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY KEVIN MILLAR (2) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN THE
    3RD OFF CHAD DURBIN.
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 1, BALTIMORE 1
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: C PATTERSON (.176, 0 HR, 2 RBI)

    Tigers vs. OriolesApr 9 3:48 PM


  • AL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    DETROIT 0 1 1 2 0
    BALTIMORE 0 0 1 0 (BOT 2)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: DET - CHAD DURBIN
    BAL - DANIEL CABRERA

    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: M TEJADA (.200, 1 HR, 2 RBI)
    A HUFF (.292, 0 HR, 3 RBI)
    J GIBBONS (.211, 0 HR, 3 RBI)

    Apr 9 3:33 PM


  • AL
    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY SEAN CASEY SCORED MAGGLIO ORDONEZ.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, S CASEY ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 1
    BALTIMORE 0 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: C MONROE (.143, 0 HR, 3 RBI)

    Tigers vs. OriolesApr 9 3:31 PM