Well, it's a start...

The Orioles got a leadoff single from their new leadoff hitter.

They got a two-out single from Nick Markakis after Lou Montanez was erased on a double play, and Markakis hustled to second base when Seattle left fielder Matt Tuiasosopo overran the ball.

Markakis stumbled as he reached the bag, but his ankle didn't snap. Possible injury averted.

Matt Wieters delivered a clutch two-out hit with a runner in scoring position, accounting for the only first-inning run off Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez this season.

Ichiro Suzuki led off the bottom of the first inning with a line drive that found Garrett Atkins' glove at first base.

Kevin Millwood struck out the next two batters, allowing the Orioles to keep their lead for longer than 30 seconds.

Manager Dave Trembley doesn't want to strangle anybody.

It's a start.


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