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O's Opening Day is finally here

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After disappointing seasons from the Ravens and Terps and the coldest winter in recent memory, it seemed like Opening Day would never get here.

Finally, the Birds are back in town!

The Baltimore Orioles kick off their season at home against the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox on what is typically one of the biggest party days of the year in Charm City.

After a very cold March and a rainy weekend, the weather is perking up just in time for Opening Day.

Fans will be excited to get out and enjoy the warm weather as parties pop up all over Baltimore at the various bars surrounding the stadium. It's certainly hard to argue with the national petition to make Opening Day an official holiday.

The Orioles send Chris Tillman to the mound, hoping he can build off of his breakout 2013 season. The club, despite many recent losing seasons, always seems to play well on Opening Day.

Expectations haven't been this high heading into a baseball season in Baltimore in a long time. The team proved 2012 wasn't a total fluke by winning 85 games last year, and now they've added Ubaldo Jimenez and Nelson Cruz to upgrade two major weaknesses from 2013.

If the Orioles can get better starting pitching and their bullpen bounces back closer to 2012 levels than 2013, the club should be a major threat in the AL East race.

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