Orioles start New Era with Dominant Opening Day Win

Baltimore — The new era of Orioles baseball is off to a rousing start after the O’s made a statement with an 11-3 drubbing of the Los Angeles Angels on Opening Day at Camden Yards.

It was a complete team performance that had the latest sellout crowd in a festive mood all afternoon. Newly acquired ace Corbin Burnes dazzled in his Baltimore debut, while the powerful lineup slugged its way to an emphatic victory over the visiting Angels.

Burnes, brought over from Milwaukee in the biggest of several major offseason moves, showed exactly why the Orioles paid such a hefty price to land him. The right-hander was virtually unhittable after allowing a first-inning home run to Mike Trout, retiring the final 17 batters he faced.

When it was all said and done, Burnes racked up 11 strikeouts over six dominant innings, allowing just the one run on one hit and no walks. It was an incredible first impression for the new ace.

While Burnes handled things on the mound, the bats ensured there would be no Opening Day letdown for the Birds. Baltimore jumped out to an early 5-1 lead and never looked back thanks to the middle of the order.

Adley Rutschman continued his torrid hitting from a year ago, reaching base four times with three runs scored. Anthony Santander drove in four runs, including a two-run blast in the fourth that broke things open. Cedric Mullins then unloaded on a three-run homer in the seventh to turn it into a rout.

For the announced 45,468 in attendance, it was a tantalizing look at the potential of this talented Orioles club. After ending last year’s Cinderella season just shy of the World Series, they seem determined to go even bigger in 2024.

What made the lopsided win even more satisfying was that it came under the newly installed ownership of David Rubenstein’s group. The billionaire officially took over the club on Wednesday, ushering in a new era after the Angelos family’s three-decade tenure.

There were several nods to the transition during the opening day festivities. But once the game started, it was Baltimore’s star-studded roster that stole the show with an effort that showed why they are a trendy pick to win the AL pennant this season.

After finishing an incredible season with 101 wins, it appears the Orioles are just getting started. Thursday’s drubbing of the Angels announced their return to prominence in resounding fashion.

The new era in Baltimore is looking quite bright indeed after the opening salvo. Birdland has every reason to dream big once again.