By Evans Clinchy
April 02, 2012

Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter has announced that young right-hander Jake Arrieta will be his Opening Day starting pitcher, reports Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun.

"Jake will pitch on that day, and we will go from there,” Showalter said today. “[I’m] real proud of him."

Arrieta went 10-8 for the Orioles last season with a 5.05 ERA. He only made 22 starts -- the O's shut him down in August, as he needed surgery to remove a bone chip from his right elbow.

Starting the season opener, this Friday against the Minnesota Twins, may be exactly what the young hurler needs to regain his confidence.

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