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What do you take from Tuesday's opener, if anything?

It's the third day in this new location, and I already have to figure out whether orange Kool-Aid spits and spills come out of the back-bar carpet.

I thought we could keep it off the floor until at least the Yankees or Red Sox series.

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Yes, the opener in St. Pete on Tuesday night was brutal. There was a sense the whole game that the Tampa Bay Rays were going to find a way to win it.

And they did. In the ninth. Off new closer Mike Gonzalez, who retired one of the five batters he faced.

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It's funny. President of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said the reason he gave Gonzalez a two-year, $12 million deal this offseason is because it's demoralizing for a young team to lose games it should win.

And then on Day One of the 2010 season, the Orioles lose a game they absolutely should have won when Gonzalez collapsed in his first opportunity for a save.

There were some positives from Tuesday, however.

Three solo homers from key players, Matt Wieters, Adam Jones and Luke Scott.

Matt Albers, who was on the roster bubble all spring, came into a tough spot – two runners on, no outs – and recorded a double play and strikeout.

Kevin Millwood was effective enough in his first Orioles' start. Walked only one and gave up two runs despite allowing 10 base runners in five innings.

Miguel Tejada looked comfortable at third base.

But I assume your lasting memory from the 2010 opener will be Gonzalez walking off the mound dejectedly while the Rays celebrate.

Remember, this is baseball, not football. One game means nothing in the overall standings. Absolutely nothing. But that's no fun for fans who love to analyze.

So you tell me. Are you encouraged by the good things? Are you even more discouraged by Tuesday's loss? Or are you taking the cooler-heads-prevail, no-rash-judgment approach?

Daily Think Special: What do you take from Tuesday's opener, if anything?

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