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Os return with 3-2 walk-off win

Orioles

Multiple lengthy rain-delays put a damper on Orioles opening day (pun intended), but the Orioles opened the 2016 season with a tremendous victory as Matt Wieters singled to center and Chris Davis came running home for the 3-2 walk-off victory.

Chris Tillman’s season-opening start was shortened because of a rain delay after the second inning, but he was remarkable in his short outing. Tillman threw 22 pitches, 17 were strikes and he struck five guys out in only two innings. In their Oriole debuts, Mark Trumbo went 4-for-5 from the plate and Joey Rickard went 2-for-4 with a run scored.

In the 5th inning Adam Jones doubled to deep right to bring both Richard and Manny Machado home. In the 7th the Twins tied the game with runs by Eddie Rosario and Byung Ho Park. But the Orioles collected the win on opening day.

And of course, it ended with a victory…cake celebration. The Orioles said no more pie celebrations, so Jones took matters in his own hands and slammed a cake (which came in a pie tin) in Wieters’ face to celebrate.

The Orioles come into this season with minimal expectation from the national media, but anybody from Baltimore knows that the Orioles are better than fifth in the American League East.

Their lineup is ridiculously deep and if Rickard, a Rule 5 outfielder, proves to be a legitimate lead-off hitter, it might be flawless with guys who can hit for power up and down. And while Tillman, the team’s best starting pitcher, did not get a long outing, the bullpen took care of business as they showed why they might be the best in the league.

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Corey Johns

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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