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Mountaineers in the Pros: John Means Named Opening Day Starter for Baltimore



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For the second season in a row, former West Virginia pitcher John Means has been named the Baltimore Orioles Opening Day starter. Means will pitch against the Boston Red Sox when the two teams kick off the 2021 season at 2:10 p.m. in Boston on Wednesday.

Means was named the Orioles’ Opening Day starter last season as well, but an arm injury kept him from actually making the start. The 2019 All-Star started 10 games for the Orioles last season, going 2-4 with a 4.53 ERA. In 43.2 innings, he stuck out 42 batters and allowed just seven walks.

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.

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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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