Who said the O’s need a true cleanup hitter?
Their three homers tonight ties for third most hit in O’s history in an Opening Day game. They had four vs. KC in 1982 and four vs. Tampa in 2006. They hit three vs. the White Sox in 1964 and three vs. Milwaukee in 1993.
With three homers tonight, the O’s have now hit 51 homers in 57 all-time Opening Day contests.
Most O’s Opening Day homers, all time:
6 - Brooks Robinson
4 - Cal Ripken Jr.
3 - Gus Triandos, Frank Robinson, Eddie Murray
2 - Boog Powell, Sam Horn, Miguel Tejada, Luis Matos
The O’s first-ever Opening Day homer was hit by Gus Triandos vs. Washington in 1957. Before today, their last was last year by Cesar Izturis against the Yankees.
The Birds are 35-21 all-time in openers, winning eight of the last 10. They are 2-1 in opener vs. Tampa.