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Former Mountaineer Named Orioles’ Opening Day Starter

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Former West Virginia standout John Means has been announced as the Baltimore Orioles’ opening day starter, according to the team’s Twitter account.

The Orioles will begin the 60-game 2020 season on July 24 in Boston against the Red Sox. Boston has yet to announce who Means’s mound opponent will be.

After a brief debut in 2018, Means broke onto the scene with the Orioles in 2019. The lefty went 12-11 with a 3.60 ERA in 155 innings. He was selected as Baltimore’s representative at the 2019 MLB All-Star game and finished second in AL Rookie of the Year Voting behind Houston’s Yordan Alvarez.

Means had a 3.24 career ERA in 141.2 innings in two seasons at WVU in 2013-14. The Orioles drafted him in the 11th round of the 2014 MLB draft. He spent five seasons in the minors before debuting in 2018.

Means is one of six former Mountaineers to be included in MLB teams’ 60-man player pools for this season.

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Cody spent the last two years getting his master's degree in journalism from WVU. He graduated from Slippery Rock University in 2018 with a degree in digital media production. He was born and raised in Mercer, Pennsylvania.

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