The Miami Marlins announced All-Star right-hander Henderson Alvarez as their Opening Day starter on Sunday morning.
Alvarez, who turns 25 next month, will face the Atlanta Braves on April 6 at Marlins Park.
The 2014 All-Star went 12-7 with a 2.65 ERA (sixth lowest in the National League) in 30 starts last season. He began the year as the rotation’s third man before becoming the de facto ace with Jose Fernandez injured and Nathan Eovaldi struggling.
Over parts of four big-league seasons since 2011, Alvarez is 27-30 with a 3.70 ERA in 88 starts with the Toronto Blue Jays and the Marlins.
Alvarez is the 14th different starter to pitch on Opening Day in Marlins history.
It will be Alvarez’s first Opening Day start. He has thrown on Closing Day the previous two seasons, which included a no-hitter in 2013.
Alvarez is scheduled to make his final Grapefruit League appearance on Tuesday against the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium. Over four spring starts, he has given up eight runs in 13 innings with eight strikeouts and two walks.
”He brings a lot to the table. … He brings a flare, an excitement,” manager Mike Redmond told reporters in Viera. ”It’s really a perfect fit for Opening Day.”