Tampa Bay Rays defeat Baltimore Orioles, 6-2

For years, one was not truly allowed to use the word "rebuilding" when speaking about the Orioles.

Baltimore's baseball franchise was retooling. Or restructuring. Or any word that did not suggest that, despite years of losing seasons, the team would have to (once again) blow up the master plan and start all over from scratch.

It's apparently different this year. The consensus is the Orioles finally faced the cold, hard reality of what it will take be competitive agai...

Opening Day 2008 in Baltimore started so well. The persistent rain let up in time for the fans to give an enthusiastic welcome to the new-look Orioles, saving one of their loudest pre-game greetings for new center fielder Adam Jones, who described his reception and run down the orange carpet as bone-chilling.

Then, three of the most prominent holdovers got the home team off to a promising start, with Kevin Millar smacking a first-inning double through the damp air, driv...

A recap of the Orioles' 6-2 loss to the Rays yesterday:

Rough start

This isn't exactly what Jeremy Guthrie had in mind when the Orioles named him the Opening Day starter. Hoping to get the team off to a 1-0 start, Guthrie took the loss after allowing six runs (five earned) and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings. He walked one, struck out two and hit a batter. Eric Hinske led off the fourth inning with a long home run, and Guthrie was gone after consecutive singles by Dioner ...