The Baltimore Orioles Opening Day 2017 lineup has been revealed as the Orioles prepare to open the season against the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Baltimore Orioles Opening Day 2017 is here as the Orioles begin the season at home in the exquisite Oriole Park at Camden Yards in a two-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Today’s game comes after the Orioles’ season ceased in last year’s AL Wildcard game where the Orioles lost in 11 innings following Edwin Encarnación’s three-run blast off Ubaldo Jimenez. To refresh your memory, Orioles closer and the winner of the 2016 Mariano Rivera Award, Zach Britton, did not make an appearance (Showalter’s decision) in last year’s AL Wildcard game.
However, Orioles vice president of baseball operations added fuel to the fire during the offseason where he made controversial comments on Blue Jays’ Jose Bautista after rumors broke regarding the Orioles interest in signing Bautista, who was a free agent for the majority of the offseason.
Here’s an audio clip of Duquette voicing his opinion of Bautista in an interview with Sportsnet Radio 590 The Fan:
The rivalry continues today as the Orioles and Jays play in a rematch of the 2016 AL Wildcard game.
Baltimore Orioles Opening Day 2017 lineup
With Orioles Opening Day here, Orioles manager Buck Showalter unveiled the starting lineup for today’s game against the Blue Jays.
Here’s the Orioles Opening Day lineup:
No real surprises from Showalter’s Opening Day lineup except for the leadoff spot. The 2017 leadoff role starts with newly-acquired Seth Smith, with Hyun Soo Kim, who was a potential option to leadoff for the O’s this season, is batting seventh.
Nonetheless, it’s a huge improvement from Kim who was welcomed by O’s fan with a shower of boos after a disappointing spring training. It’s safe to say that Kim will not receive any boos during his introduction today.
To get you even more pumped up for Orioles Opening Day, here’s a message from Orioles’ Adam Jones: