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Where does Arrieta's gem rank among top Orioles Opening Day starts?

I wanted to see where Orioles right-hander Jake Arrieta’s performance Friday ranked among the top Opening Day starts in club history and the good people at Elias Sports Bureau gave me an interesting stat.

Arrieta’s start against the Twins marked the first time in Orioles history that a starting pitcher threw at least seven shutout innings and allowed two or fewer hits on Opening Day.

Very impressive indeed, and while it ranked up there with the best Opening Day starts in Orioles history, it was far from the best.

Three Orioles Opening Day starters threw complete-game shutouts, but each of those times, the starter allowed at least three hits. Dave McNally allowed three in 1973, Jim Palmer allowed three in 1975 and Rick Sutcliffe allowed five in 1992 (ironically the first game in Oriole Park history).

Also, there were two other times that an Orioles Opening Day starter threw eight shutout innings – Palmer in 1976 and Jeremy Guthrie last year.

So while I was at it, I took a look at every Orioles Opening Day start, and compiled the top 10 in club history. It’s up for debate, but I put Arrieta’s effort at No. 6 behind the five other shutout efforts.

Here's a look at the list. Where would you rank Arrieta's game among the best?

1.)    1975: Jim Palmer (9 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) in 10-0 win over Detroit

2.)    1973: Dave McNally (9 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K) in 10-0 win over Milwaukee

3.)    1992: Rick Sutcliffe (9 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) in 2-0 win over Cleveland

4.)    1976: Jim Palmer (8 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K) in 1-0 win over Boston

5.)    2011: Jeremy Guthrie (8 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) in 4-1 win over Tampa Bay

6.)    2012: Jake Arrieta (7 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) in 4-2 win over Minnesota.

7.)    2001: Pat Hentgen (8 2/3 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) in 2-1 win over Boston

8.)    1994: Mike Mussina (8 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K) in 6-3 win over Kansas City

9.)    1970: Dave McNally (9 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 13 K) in 8-2 win over Cleveland

10.)  1963: Steve Barber (8 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K) in 3-1 win over Washington

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