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Some firsts for the Orioles' 2014 regular-season opener at Camden Yards

By Dan Connolly

The Baltimore Sun

5:26 PM EDT, March 31, 2014

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The first pitch of the 2014 baseball season came at 3:14 p.m., an 89 mph strike from Chris Tillman to Daniel Nava.

The first out recorded was a grounder by Nava to Tillman, who threw to Orioles first baseman Chris Davis. The next Boston batter, second baseman Dustin Pedroia, picked up the game’s first hit, a single to right field.

Tillman then struck out David Ortiz on a 95 mph fastball for the game’s first strikeout.

Shortstop J.J. Hardy had the first Orioles hit, a liner to left field in the bottom of the first inning. The first run of the Orioles' 2014 season came on a double play by Delmon Young in the second inning. Nelson Cruz scored on the play.

The first home run of the season in an Orioles game was hit by Boston's Grady Sizemore in the fourth inning -- a 3-1 pitch that just cleared the out-of-town scoreboard in right field.

The Orioles' first home run was hit by Cruz, a solo shot in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the team a 2-1 lead over the Red Sox.

Also, Baltimore Sun columnist Peter Schmuck had his first ice cream of the season in the first inning.

To quote him, "You can't have ice cream at every home game if you don't have it at the first one."

Words to live by.