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Instant Analysis of the Orioles' 6-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays

Dan Connolly, reporter: Good starting pitching, a few home runs and a 6-2 victory. Where have we seen that before? The Orioles' 2015 season opener was a lot like the 96-win season of 2014. And Travis Snider, with three hits and two strong defensive plays, did a fine job for an afternoon replacing Nick Markakis.

Eduardo A. Encina, reporter: The team that led the majors with 211 homers last season didn't miss a beat, hitting three home runs in Monday's Opening Day win. But like last season, this team will go as far as its pitching takes it. Making his second Opening Day start, Chris Tillman gave a performance fitting of an ace.

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Peter Schmuck, columnist: Can't ask for much more than that. Chris Tillman did what Opening Day starters do, newcomer Travis Snider delivered a terrific Orioles debut and Alejandro De Aza accounted for three runs as the O's opened the 2015 season in style at Tropicana Field. And, of course, what O's victory would be complete without some Steve Pearce magic. Rays fans, meanwhile, got to wax nostalgic for the expansion years during a sloppy performance in Kevin Cash's managerial debut.

Jon Meoli, reporter/blogger: In 2013, Chris Davis' grand slam gave the Orioles an Opening Day win. Last year, Nelson Cruz homered for the win in the opener. Is one of the players who homered today — Alejandro De Aza, Steve Pearce, or Ryan Flaherty — going to pace the offense, as those two Opening Day heroes did before them? Add Travis Snider, who had three hits and two RBIs in his debut, to that list as well. I guess that's the point with this team, though. While it's only one game, it's an encouraging start.

Childs Walker, reporter: This was 2014 all over again for the Orioles, who rode a solid start from Chris Tillman, home runs and competent relief pitching to an Opening Day win at Tampa Bay.

Ron Fritz, sports editor: Defense and pitching with home runs mixed in is a successful formula for the Orioles and that holds true for Opening Day. Nice way to start the season, even without Matt Wieters, Chris Davis and J.J. Hardy.

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