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Friday, March 31, 2023

Adley Rutschman’s historic 5-for-5 opener carries Orioles to win

Baltimore Orioles catcher Adley Rutschman felt the Opening Day jitters. Last year was supposed to be his first season opener, but a right triceps strain delayed his debut until May. And so when he woke up on Thursday morning in Boston, hours away from first pitch, he felt the jitters up and down his body.

“I was hoping it would wait until I at least got to the field,” he said

When the season officially kicked off, those jitters were nowhere to be found. Rutschman made a statement on Opening Day, going 5-for-5 with a home run and four RBIs, becoming the first player since 1937 to go 5-for-5 or better with a home run on Opening Day and the first catcher with five hits on Opening Day since at least 1900, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.

The offensive outburst from Rutschman carried the Orioles’ offense for the day, as Baltimore left Fenway on Thursday with a 10-9 victory, thanks in large part to the catcher’s four RBIs and one run scored.

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 31, 2023 at 09:36 AM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walt Davis Posted: March 31, 2023 at 07:17 PM (#6122079)
Rutschman's OPS+ is 642.
   2. The Yankee Clapper Posted: March 31, 2023 at 08:13 PM (#6122085)
More accurately, he had 4 hits & reached on what should have been an error, but that’s still pretty good.

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