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A rare opening dud for Orioles

When it comes to winning home openers, the Orioles are about as close to the old “death and taxes” saying as possible. They came to town for the first time this season boasting a 41-20 all-time record in such games, and they had some extra mojo that energized a sellout crowd of 45,936 at Camden Yards. The pre-game ceremonies, always dripping with pomp and circumstance, included a celebration of last season’s AL East championship. The bunting was draped. Fireworks exploded. A giant American flag unfurled on the batter’s-eye wall in center field during the national anthem. The usual fare. Festivities aside, Opening Day time always brings out the best in Baltimore....

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