Wieters off to a hot start at the plate

Wieters off to a hot start at the plate

BALTIMORE-- Matt Wieters became the first catcher in Orioles history to open the season with three straight multi-hit games following Thursday's 2-for-4 performance. The 23-year-old switch-hitter also had an RBI and a run scored in the Orioles' 5-4 win against the Rays.

Wieters, who made his first Opening Day roster, is 6-for-12 with three runs scored, two RBIs and a homer in Baltimore's first three games. But, as manager Dave Trembley pointed out prior to Friday's home opener, his defense has been just as impressive as his bat.

"He has ability, he has talent, and he has tools," Trembley said. "He did a great job with [Brian] Matusz [Thursday night]. He's taking more control of the game. He's calling things on his own without help from the bench. He's showing a better feel; I think he's more comfortable."

A highly-touted prospect, Wieters shouldered an inordinate amount of expectations when he was called up to the big leagues last May. He handled it well, and ended the season with the top rookie batting average in the American League, .288. He has hit safely in 21 of his last 29 games played, dating back to last season.

"The good ones have a way of rising to the occasion," Trembley said.