We know people are excited for Friday's home opener, which has the second-highest ticket value behind World Series champs the San Francisco Giants. But today is true Opening Day for the Orioles, who kick off the 2013 season in Tampa Bay at 3:10 p.m.
Yesterday, the Orioles released the Opening Day lineup to the public, pictured, above. The only huge surprise is Buck putting 20-year-old Manny Machado in the number two-spot against All-Star and Cy Young winner David Price. Definitely shows that our manager's faith in the young third baseman.
But, other than that, it's business as usual: This season's ace Jason Hammel will take the mound. One of the team's strongest hitters, Matt Wieters, is batting cleanup. And Brian Roberts, who has only played 115 games the last three seasons, bats ninth. If his bat is anything like it used to be, that would be a great way to turn over the lineup. It will also be exciting to see the performance of DH Steve Pearce, who led the O's during spring training in average (.366), home runs (6), and RBIs (16).
It's fitting that the Orioles open against Tampa Bay, as the AL East is wide open this season: the Yankees are flooded with injuries and the Red Sox will be lucky to...