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Orioles move to 5-0, tie franchise mark for best start to a season

Manny Machado, Dana DeMuth, Matt Wieters, Erasmo Ramirez

Baltimore Orioles’ Manny Machado, second from right, steadies himself at home with umpire Dana DeMuth, second from left, after he slid home on a wild pitch by Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Erasmo Ramirez (30) during the eighth inning of an baseball game, Sunday, April 10, 2016, in Baltimore. Machado scored on the play. Also seen is Baltimore Orioles’ Matt Wieters who points to home plate. The Orioles won 5-3. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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In 1970, the Orioles opened the season with five consecutive wins. They would go on to win 103 more, finishing 108-54, and they would vanquish the Reds in five games in the World Series. That season featured three 20-game winners in Jim Palmer, Mike Cuellar, and Dave McNally.

Could a similar fate await the 2016 Orioles? The club beat the Rays 5-3 on Sunday, jumping out to a 5-0 start and tying the ’70 Orioles for the best start in team history. Third baseman Manny Machado went 4-for-4 with a two-run home run, his third of the year. Starter Vance Worley couldn’t escape the fifth inning, but the bullpen put up 4 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.

Excepting Pedro Alvarez and Adam Jones, the entire team has been hitting. Machado, Joey Rickard, and Mark Trumbo are each hitting above .400. In fact, Trumbo -- who had two singles in four at-bats Sunday -- has hit only singles. As a unit, the Orioles are hitting just under .300. It’s hard to imagine the O’s hitting .300 for an entire season, but stranger things have happened.

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