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6-foot-7 hurler's first win above Class A

CHICAGO (AP) -- Daniel Cabrera was understandably nervous until
he threw his first major league pitch. Then, the jitters went away.
And so did Chicago's hitters.

Cabrera allowed just two hits in six strong innings Thursday in
his major league debut, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the White
Sox 1-0 in the opener of a doubleheader.

"I know that not all of my games are going to be like this.
They are all going to be harder," Cabrera said through a
translator.

The 6-foot-7 Cabrera, called up from Double-A two days ago, gave
up two hits to Ross Gload, a first-inning infield single and a line
drive single in the sixth.

Cabrera walked Frank Thomas immediately after each of Gload's
two hits but both times retired Jose Valentin -- on a strikeout and
grounder -- to end the threat.

It was the 22-year-old Cabrera's first pro win above the Class-A
level and he retired 11 straight at one juncture.

"I left him alone. I just told him to have some fun out there,
that's all," Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli said. "I'm sure he had
butterflies like we all do when we do something for the first
time."

Cabrera walked three and struck out three in his 91-pitch
outing.

"I had pitched in spring training games and knew how big league
hitters worked and felt confident about that," Cabrera said.

Rodrigo Lopez pitched two innings of one-hit relief, striking
out Willie Harris with runners at first and third in the seventh
and retiring three straight batters in the eighth.

Jorge Julio completed the three-hitter with a perfect ninth for
his sixth save.

In Tuesday's series opener, the White Sox had 19 hits in a 15-0
romp, but they couldn't get to Cabrera.

"This kid throws the ball real well. He has velocity and he
throws strikes and he got good defense behind him," Chicago
manager Ozzie Guillen said.

Baltimore right fielder Jay Gibbons made two superb plays,
diving and catching Carlos Lee's liner in the first and making a
running over-the-shoulder grab of Juan Uribe's long drive in the
fifth.

The Orioles reached Jon Garland (2-2) for a first-inning run
when Brian Roberts hit a leadoff single, stole second and moved to
third when catcher Sandy Alomar Jr.'s throw hit him and went into
the outfield for an error.

Melvin Mora then followed with an RBI single. Garland allowed
six hits and a run in seven innings.

Game notes
Chicago RF Magglio Ordonez was not in the starting lineup
in the opener because of a sore toe, but made the final out as a
pinch-hitter. He got the injury fouling a pitch off his toe
Tuesday. Gload started in his spot. ... Orioles SS Miguel Tejada,
who had to leave Tuesday's game with a muscle strain in his right
shin, played in his 624th straight game, but ran slowly to first
when he hit into a double play in the opening inning. He also lined
into a double play in the fourth before singling in the sixth. ...
Slumping Sox LF Lee was moved to second in the White Sox's batting
order. He batted .320 in the No. 2 slot last season. He went
0-for-4 Thursday and has just five hits in his last 36 at-bats. ...
After Wednesday's game was rained out, the teams had to play a
doubleheader because Baltimore does not return to Chicago again
this season. ... Rodriguez has not allowed a run in his last 11
innings over five appearances.