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Orioles to face Jake Arrieta, Tsuyoshi Wada in series vs. Chicago Cubs

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CHICAGO -- The Orioles will play against two familiar faces in their three-game series against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field this weekend. Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta is scheduled to start Friday’s series opener, and left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada is set to start Sunday.

Arrieta, who was traded to the Cubs along with reliever Pedro Strop in July 2013 for right-hander Scott Feldman and catcher Steve Clevenger, has emerged as the Cubs’ ace. Arrieta struggled to maintain consistency with the Orioles, but he is 6-4 with a 2.61 ERA in 19 starts this season. He has 122 strikeouts and has given up just 89 hits in 117 1/3 innings. He has allowed three runs or fewer in 13 of his last 14 starts.

“It's no surprise,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “Wish him well. I like Jake. It was a good move for both of us. We got a couple guys who have helped us, and they got a couple guys who have helped them. That's the way deals are supposed to be. We all pull for Jake. .. I think [with] everybody, it's all about timing. … It was a good fit for both clubs.”

“And I don't think it surprises anybody that Jake and [Strop] have done well, but timing's everything. I think it was a good move for their career, both of them, and I'm excited that it's worked out for them. I hope it doesn't work out [Friday].”

Wada signed a two-year, $8.12 million contract with the Orioles before the 2012 season, but he never pitched in a regular season game with the club. He opened the 2012 season with Tommy John surgery and never received a promotion from Triple-A Norfolk last year.

Wada signed a minor league deal with the Cubs in the offseason, and he opened the year in Triple-A Iowa. He has made seven major league starts for the Cubs, going 3-1 with a 2.75 ERA, and he threw five shutout innings in a postponed game Tuesday.

“He's finally gotten back to where we thought he would when we originally signed him,” Showalter said. “You don't have a crystal ball about the physical part of it, so I'm happy for him. I know it was frustrating for him, the rehab he went through and not being able to get a return for the commitment we had made.

“But, in some ways, it kind of shows you why we wanted him. If he's healthy, he'll pitch real well for them, and it looks like he is.”

Around the horn

Catcher Nick Hundley, who had a home run and a single Tuesday, received his first start on back-to-back days in more than a month on Wednesday. Showalter said he wanted to give Hundley two straight starts going into the day off. … Tuesday’s win sealed a season-series victory over the White Sox. The Orioles haven’t lost a season series to Chicago since 2008, going 27-17 in the past six seasons heading into Wednesday. … The Orioles’ season staff ERA through Tuesday was 3.61, their lowest season mark since a 3.26 ERA in 1979. ...Double-A Bowie left-hander Tim Berry was placed on the minor league DL with left shoulder tendinitis, but he's only expected to miss one start and the injury isn't believed to be serious.

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