The Orioles have been an Opening Day force, winning 10 of their last 13 games on that occasion. Last year, it was Adam Jones who provided the key blow, scorching an 0-2, 98-mph two-seamer from Rays reliever Jake McGee to the wall in left center for a two-run double. That provided the tying and go-ahead runs in a 7-4 Baltimore victory at Tropicana Field. Watch:
Jones already had doubled in the first and singled in the third. He finished that game 3-for-5 with two runs scored, on his way to 100 runs for the season, so it was hardly “just one of 162.” Adams went on to his second consecutive (third overall) All-Star selection, finishing 2013 with 33 home runs, 108 RBIs, a .285 average and a second straight Gold Glove in center field.
That also was his third career three-hit game for the Orioles on Opening Day. Not a bad guy to start with when you see MLB.com Beat the Streak return for everyday action.
The 2014 Orioles, hoping to return to the postseason after missing out last year, begin their regular season at 3:05 p.m. on March 31 against the Red Sox at Camden Yards. Single game tickets for Orioles home games are available now, but if you want one for that opener, you need to guarantee a seat by purchasing a Full or Partial Season Ticket Plan. MLB Schedule | Tickets
The Opening Day Countdown Down Under continues until Major League Baseball’s Opening Series on March 22-23 in Sydney, Australia, so we keep marching on to the single digits and the home of immortals. In the meantime, look over the widget to the right to see our entire countdown to date, which seemed like it started forever ago with Ichiro. By the time we’re done, you’re looking at the definitive place on the Internet for a catalog of great Opening Day moments.
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