ST. PETERSBURG -- Welcome to the Orioles, Travis Snider. The offseason acquisition, who came to Baltimore in a trade with Pittsburgh, put on quite the show in his O's debut -- on both sides of the field.
"I don't know what else you would ask a guy to do," manager Buck Showalter said of Snider, who went 3-for-4 with two RBIs.
Getting the start in right field Monday, an odd sight for O's fans accustomed to longtime Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis, Snider didn't disappoint. He picked up his first assist in the fifth inning, firing home on Logan Forsythe's single to nab James Loney at home plate. Snider also made a diving catch to start the bottom of the sixth.
"I don't look at it as filling anybody's shoes," Snider said of taking over for Markakis, who had started eight consecutive Opening Days before departing in free agency this winter. "I understand what Nick was able to do here. As I've said before, he's a tremendous player, but the focus for us remains on the guys that are here and whatever we've got to do every night to win ballgames."
After singling in an unearned run in the first inning, Snider delivered a double in the eighth inning that replay review overturned to extend the inning.
Steve Pearce, who scored on Snider's two-bagger, was originally called out, but the review showed his foot hit the plate before the tag was applied. The review extended the inning for the O's and gave Snider his second RBI.
"Tremendous play. I think Steven Pearce had everybody fooled in the entire stadium. I think I owe him a good steak now," Snider said.