2014 Opening Day

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After missing the postseason with an 85-77 record in 2013, the Baltimore Orioles begin their 2014 season with a three-game home series against the Boston Red Sox. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun)

Opening Day.

It’s a special day for fans of any baseball team. It’s the beginning of a long 162-game marathon that is the Major League Baseball season.

Each and every one of the 30 teams in MLB begin the new season with a sense of optimism, a clean slate at 0-0.

This season, the Baltimore Orioles begin with a couple of fresh faces and a rejuvenated lineup.

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Checking in with the O’s in the WBC

Adam Jones celebrates with Jimmy Rollins after scoring a run against Canada on March 10. (Christian Petersen / Getty Images)

The World Baseball Classic is nearing the Championship Round and three Orioles are still in the thick of things.

The three members of the Baltimore Orioles organization still playing in the tournament are Adam Jones (USA), Pedro Strop (DR) and Jonathan Schoop (NED).

Schoop has played in seven game for the Netherlands, batting .250 with a couple homers and six RBIs. He played an important role in a stunning 6-2 win over the heavily-favored Cuba. Schoop was 3-6 and drove in four runs, including three on this home run:

Strop has appeared in four games for the Dominican Republic. His record of 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA ranks among the best in the tournament. In his 4.2 innings of work, Strop has allowed two hits while striking out five batters.

Jones has struggled for the United States, collecting just three hits in 14 at bats. Jones has managed to drive in four runs in his four games with the U.S.A.

Strop and Schoop have punched their tickets to San Francisco, the location to the Championship Round of the WBC. Jones and the Americans will play Puerto Rico on March 15, the winner of that game will join the Dominicans, the Dutch, and the Japanese in the Championship Round.

Orioles start Spring Training 3-0

The Orioles opened their Spring Training schedule on Feb. 23. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

The Orioles opened their Spring Training schedule on Feb. 23. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

The Baltimore Orioles are hoping their 3-0 start is a sign of things to come for the 2013 season.

The O’s opened their Spring Training schedule on Feb. 23 against the Minnesota Twins. Entering the 7th inning Baltimore trailed 3-2. After a one-out double by Yamaico Navarro, Jonathan Schoop tied the game with a single. In the 8th, Russ Canzler drew a lead-off walk and newcomer Trayvon Robinson hit a two-run home run that eventually won the game, 5-3.

The next day the Orioles traveled to Dunedin, Fla. Spring Training home of the Toronto Blue Jays. The game was tied 3-3 until the 8th inning. Robinson once again was a difference maker, leading off the inning with a double. Jason Pridie would hit a ground-rule double to score Robinson. Pridie then advanced to third on an error by Blue Jay shortstop Ryan Goins. Navarro singled in Pridie for the eventual game-winning RBI. Toronto scored one run in the bottom half of the inning and left two runners on in the 9th, O’s won 5-4.

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