- Associated Press - Friday, April 10, 2015

BALTIMORE (AP) - The Baltimore Orioles celebrated their home opener with festivities that included a feel-good video montage about the 2014 season, fireworks, an award ceremony and a first-pitch strike from Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Palmer.

Then they played the game, and things went south in a hurry.

The Toronto Blue Jays jumped on Bud Norris at the outset and cruised to a 12-5 victory Friday, ruining the Orioles’ 62nd home opener with a 16-hit attack that included eight doubles.

Toronto scored four runs in the first inning and led 10-1 in the fourth. It wasn’t exactly what the sellout crowd of 45,936 was looking for in Baltimore’s first home game since facing Kansas City in the AL Championship Series last October.

“You always want to win the home opener. You have a good crowd, everybody’s going to be fired up,” first baseman Chris Davis said. “To not just lose, but to get beat up, it’s tough.”



Adam Jones homered, had a career-high tying four hits and drove in two runs for the Orioles, now 41-21 in home openers since coming to Baltimore from St. Louis in 1954.

Norris (0-1) allowed eight runs and seven hits in three-plus innings. He was 4-0 lifetime against Toronto and had won nine straight decisions against AL East foes.

“Frustrating. It’s not what I envisioned,” Norris said. “It’s tough to do that here at home and in front of my team. I’ll take that one on me, for sure.”

Jose Bautista ended an early-season slump by going 3 for 3 and scoring four runs, and Josh Donaldson and Dioner Navarro each drove in three runs for the Blue Jays.

Mark Buehrle (1-0) allowed one run and eight hits in six innings to earn his 200th career win.

“It’s going to mean more when I get home, retired and sit on the couch and look back,” Buehrle said. “It’s a round number. Obviously been around a while, stayed healthy, made some starts.”

After playing the spoiler’s role at Yankee Stadium for New York’s home opener Monday, the Blue Jays pulled off an encore at Camden Yards.

Baltimore, meanwhile, came home after winning two of three on the road against Tampa Bay.

Before the game, highlights of last season were shown on the video board. The Orioles were introduced one-by-one as they ran on an orange carpet from the bullpen area to the infield, and later Jones and shortstop J.J. Hardy received their Gold Glove Awards. Reaching back further in time, Palmer threw out the ceremonial first pitch to 1983 World Series MVP Rick Dempsey.

Under an overcast sky and with rain in the forecast, Norris began the game with a first-pitch strike that drew a huge cheer. Not long after that, Toronto sucked much of the enthusiasm from the orange-and-black clad fans.

The first-inning uprising began with three straight hits, including an RBI single by Bautista. Edwin Encarnacion added a sacrifice fly and Navarro doubled in two runs.

Jones connected in the bottom half to make it 4-1, but in the third Bautista doubled and scored on a fly ball.

Toronto batted around in a five-run fourth. Dalton Pompey and Donaldson each hit two-run doubles and Bautista singled in a run.

DOUBLE FIGURES

Blue Jays: The eight doubles was Toronto’s most since July 20, 2010, at Kansas City.

Orioles: It was the third time in club history that Orioles allowed at least 10 runs in a home opener. They yielded 12 to Milwaukee in 1988 and 13 to the Yankees in 1959.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Blue Jays: OF Michael Saunders (left knee surgery) won’t be rushed back from a rehabilitation assignment that began with an 0-for-3 performance Thursday with Class A Dunedin. “You want him to get plenty of at-bats,” Gibbons said.

Orioles: LHP Wesley Wright has a sore trapezius that could put him on the DL. “It’s one of those things that’s been kind of bothering me a little bit the last couple days and it got to a point where it wasn’t going away,” he said after the game.

ON DECK

Blue Jays: RH Aaron Sanchez will make his first major league start Saturday night.

Orioles: RH Ubaldo Jimenez returns to the rotation after struggling in 2014, going 6-9 with a 4.81 ERA.

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