(Sports Network) - Right-hander Jake Arrieta gets the ball Friday when the
American League's surprise team of 2012 - the Baltimore Orioles - enterain the
Minnesota Twins in their home opener at Camden Yards.
It's the second straight season in which Arrieta, a fifth-round draft pick in
2007, will open the Orioles' home slate against the Twins. In 2012, he earned
his first win of the season with seven innings of scoreless two-hit ball in a
4-2 Baltimore victory.
The Orioles went on to win 93 games and reached the playoffs for the first
time since 1997. It was their first time above .500 since the same season.
Arrieta finished the year at 3-9 in 24 appearances after having won a career-
high 10 games in 22 starts. He's 2-1 in three career meetings with the Twins,
with a 2.65 earned run average in 17 innings.
He'll be faced by Australian Liam Hendriks, who'll seek to erase the memory of
a difficult 2012 season.
Now 24, Hendriks reached the majors in 2011 and made four starts with the
Twins, losing two decisions while striking out 16 batters and posting a 6.17
ERA in 23 1/3 innings.
He made 16 starts with Minnesota last year but won just once in nine decisions
while his ERA stayed high at 5.59 and he permitted an opposition batting
average of .305.
Hendriks has never faced the Orioles.
On Thursday in Minnesota, Josh Willingham clubbed a two-run homer and Trevor
Plouffe added a solo shot, as the Twins earned an 8-2 win over the Detroit
Tigers at Target Field.
After dropping the season opener, the Twins won the final two games to claim
their first series at home against the Tigers since Aug. 31-Sept. 2, 2010.
"We know it's a long, long season but it's a good start," Twins manager Ron
Gardenhire remarked. "Three good starts in a row is huge for our baseball
Meanwhile, in St. Petersburg, Chris Davis hit a two-run homer and knocked in
four runs, to help the Orioles beat the Tampa Bay Rays, 6-3, in the rubber
match of a three-game series.
Davis homered in every game of the series and went 7-for-11 with 11 RBI for
the Orioles, who got a two-run homer from J.J. Hardy. Adam Jones went 3-for-5
with two runs scored.
"I feel comfortable in the box," Davis said. "We've had a few runners on when
I'm up at the plate, which is always fun cause if you get a hit, those guys
are going to score."
Baltimore starter Miguel Gonzalez (1-0) allowed two runs on five hits over 6
1/3 innings. The right-hander went 9-4 with a 3.25 ERA in 18 games last
The news was not all good for Baltimore, which lost second baseman Brian
Roberts to a hamstring injury in the top of the ninth inning. Roberts hurt his
right hamstring while sliding headfirst into second on a stolen base. Roberts
was unable to put any pressure on his right leg as he was helped off the
The Orioles won five of seven games against the Rays in 2012, including all
three in Baltimore.
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