For the second straight season, Jake Arrieta will face the Minnesota Twins in the Baltimore Orioles' home opener.
The circumstances on Friday, however, will be vastly different.
A year ago, the Orioles launched the season at home and Arrieta was coming off a 10-win campaign that earned him his first opening day start. This time, Baltimore makes its 2013 debut at Camden Yards after playing three road games against Tampa Bay, and Arrieta finds himself in the back end of the rotation following a dismal 3-9 season that included a two-month stint in the minor leagues.
''I'm much more focused and much better prepared this time around,'' Arrieta said. ''Not that I wasn't prepared or (didn't have) focus going into this last season. But I think my preparation and focus is a little bit more fine-tuned. And now I am in this position and am ready to take the bull by the horns, so to speak, and keep my job all year. I think that's what everybody wants and what everybody expects from me. That'...