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Friday, April 5th (All times eastern)

Minnesota Twins (2-1) at Baltimore Orioles (2-1), 3:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Minnesota - Liam Hendriks (0-0, 0.00) Baltimore - Jake Arrieta (0-0, 0.00)

(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 team."

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 season.

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 field.

The Orioles won five of seven games against the Rays in 2012, including all three in Baltimore.

04/05 10:16:17 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3
 
Final
MIA 99
CHA 88
12:05pm Today
NOR
DUR
 
Final
CLE 6
TOR 4
Final
DET 2
ANA 1
Final
NYM 4
ATL 3
Final
MIA 3
SEA 2
Final
PIT 2
MIL 3
Final
WAS 3
STL 2
Final
TAM 1
NYY 5
Final
KAN 3
MIN 8
Final
CHC 2
CIN 8
Final
TEX 2
CWS 16
Final
OAK 4
HOU 1
Final
LOS 4
ARI 1
Final
COL 9
PHI 10
Final
SDP 3
SFG 4
Final
BOS 6
BAL 5
11:05am Today
BOS
BAL
 
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
CIN
 
7:05pm Tonight
CLE
KAN
 
7:05pm Tonight
WAS
ANA
 
7:08pm Tonight
DET
CWS
 
7:10pm Tonight
ATL
MIA
 
7:10pm Tonight
NYM
STL
 
8:05pm Tonight
CHC
ARI
 
8:10pm Tonight
MIL
SDP
 
8:40pm Tonight
COL
SFG
 
10:05pm Tonight
OAK
TEX
 
10:10pm Tonight
SEA
HOU
 
10:10pm Tonight
LOS
PHI
 
Final
SAN 90
DAL 85
Final
MIA 99
CHA 88
Final
CHI 93
WAS 102
Final
HOU 120
POR 122
8:00pm Tonight
OKC
MEM
10:30pm Tonight
LAC
GSW
Final
NYR 2
PHI 4
Final
BOS 4
DET 1
Final
MON 3
TAM 2
Final
SJS 7
LOS 2
7:00pm Tonight
MIN
COL
7:00pm Tonight
CLB
PIT
8:30pm Tonight
CHI
STL
9:30pm Tonight
DAL
ANA
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3
 
12:05pm Today
NOR
DUR