Eduardo A. Encina, reporter: The Orioles set the tone early with patient at-bats – making reigning
Dan Connolly, reporter: The Orioles didn’t advance further in the playoffs last year because they couldn’t hit with runners in scoring position and were unable to score when they didn’t smash multiple longballs. After Tuesday’s 2013 opener, it’s clear the Orioles still may struggle at times in those situations. But they had two key homers Tuesday, a two-run shot by Matt Wieters in the first and a three-run homer by
Peter Schmuck, columnist: They sure looked like your 2012 Orioles, which should come as a big relief to all those fans who were wondering if they were ready to deliver a suitable encore to last year's uplifting playoff season.
David Selig, Orioles editor: The Orioles' schedule for the first month isn't very forgiving, so for them to get off to a good start on Opening Day is a good sign. If anyone was worried about them feeling pressure to live up to the expectations set in 2012, it sure doesn't look like that's going to be a problem. With clutch hitting, a quality start and three solid bullpen innings, this win looked an awful lot like so many the team pulled out last year.