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03/30/2018

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Manny Machado says this Opening Day - his first at shortstop - doesn't feel any different. "I've been playing this game a long time. It shouldn't change," says the Orioles ex-third baseman. "It's just a different angle.

DH Mark Trumbo, who has a right quad strain, and pitcher Gabriel Ynoa, who has a shin injury, will both start the season on the 10-day disabled list for the O's.

They're among MLB's biggest stars, but they might be even better than the experts think. Here are nine players ranked too low, or too high, this year.

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Orioles slugger Chris Davis, who has never hit leadoff during his 10-year career, is atop Baltimore's lineup today. Said skipper Buck Showalter: "Sometimes you gotta give a new toy. Something that signifies a new start." Davis could certainly use a reboot: Last season, the O's first baseman hit .215 with 195 whiffs in 456 at-bats.

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Before catching up with David Ortiz (30:07), Buster and Tim Kurkjian discuss the Jorge Polanco suspension, Jose Altuve's new deal and much more (6:57). Plus, the latest installment of Todd Radom's uniform trivia (41:16).

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Manny Machado, 3B

Adam Jones hit a walkoff homer in the 11th inning to give the Orioles a 3-2 win over the Twins. It's Baltimore's eighth straight victory on Opening Day, the longest active streak in MLB.

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It was a good day for American League aces as Corey Kluber, Chris Sale, Justin Verlander and Luis Severino -- the four best starting pitchers in my opinion -- combined to allow just two runs and 12 hits over 25.2 innings. Both of those came courtesy of a two-run homer in the first inning from Nelson Cruz off Kluber, enough to give Seattle a 2-1 victory. The most impressive performance, however, may have been Dylan Bundy's seven scoreless innings against the Twins. Maybe he's ready to make The Leap.

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Buster talks to new Sunday Night Baseball play-by-play man Matt Vasgersian about his history in the sport, joining the SNB crew and more (6:32). Plus, Jessica Mendoza on the Astros' athleticism, Alex Cobb and more (28:32) and Sarah Langs' "Numbers Game" (39:03).

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It's time for another baseball season, so let's catch up with every patch, stripe, throwback and color change in the majors.

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Getting ready for his last season in Baltimore before free agency, the Orioles star is taking on multiple challenges -- a switch back to his old position, and a new focus on his future.

Baltimore's rotation had to be shored up and the former Rays hurler has experience in baseball's toughest division. But how far will it take the O's?

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Paul Molitor is having quite the game. The Twins go to a five-man infield with one out and the bases loaded and Fernando Rodney escapes against Jonathan Schoop with a 6-2-3 double play.

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Manny Machado picking up right where he left off in spring training: On the very first pitch he saw, the Orioles slugger - who posted a 1.015 OPS in Grapefruit League action - laced an opposite field double.

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Adam Jones homered on Fernando Rodney's first pitch starting the bottom of the 11th inning, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Minnesota Twins 3-2 Thursday for their eighth consecutive opening day victory.

The Orioles have named right-hander Dylan Bundy as the team's Opening Day starter.

Coming off a career year, Alex Cobb has agreed to a four-year deal with the Orioles, the team announced Wednesday. The deal reportedly is worth nearly $60 million.

Buster and Boog Sciambi discuss Alex Cobb's deal with Baltimore, Shohei Ohtani's progress and more (5:10). Plus, Keith Law on the Cobb deal and Ronald Acuna (23:01) and Paul Hembekides on the Yankees' takeover (43:36).

After adjusting my Alex Cobb projection, I've moved him up just two spots, from SP74 to SP72. It's a ballpark downgrade for him, and while he's a ground baller, the Orioles' infield isn't really that much better defensively than the Rays' was in 2017.

Among those on hand to witness the beginning of the Manny Machado Shortstop Era? Former Orioles SS Cal Ripken. If the Hall of Famer were still playing, and if he hadn't missed a day of work, The Streak - which ended 20 years ago - would currently stand at 5,717 games.

Aaron Judge suggested Orioles shortstop Manny Machado would look nice in Yankee pinstripes, earning him a warning on tampering. Machado says it was no big deal, though: 'Everyone always jokes' about those things.

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No mound visits so far today at Camden Yards, which means both teams' MVR (mound visits remaining) sits at six. Yeah, it's for real.