Arrieta set to face former teammates in Chicago

Arrieta set to face former teammates in Chicago

CHICAGO -- Jake Arrieta was drafted by the Orioles and came up through their system, and on Friday, he is scheduled to make his first start against them as the Cubs open an Interleague series.

"It'll be fun to face guys I played with for a long time," Arrieta said. "I know they're going to come out and compete as best as they possibly can, and I'm sure they expect the same from me."

Arrieta guessed that the last time he faced the O's hitters was in Spring Training scrimmages.

"I don't know if there's an edge or not," Arrieta said. "I know if I execute pitches, I like my chances. If I make a lot of mistakes, their success will go up. I think it's going to be a good one."

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.