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Orioles name Jason Hammel as Opening Day starter

Mar 27, 2013, 5:47 PM EDT

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Jason Hammel had the most effective season of his career after being traded to Baltimore, posting a 3.43 ERA in 20 starts, and the Orioles announced that he’ll get the Opening Day start this season.

Hammel missed nearly the entire second half with a knee injury, but he’s healthy now and was a pretty easy choice for the Game 1 assignment.

Last year’s Opening Day starter was Jake Arrieta, who ended up going 3-9 with a 6.20 ERA. So if nothing else Hammel doesn’t exactly have big shoes to fill.

  1. El Bravo - Mar 27, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    UPDATED opening day starters

    Red Sox: Jon Lester
    Yankees: CC Sabathia
    Rays: David Price
    Orioles: Jason Hammel
    Blue Jays: RA Dickey

    Twins: Vance Worley
    Tigers: Justin Verlander
    White Sox: Chris Sale
    Indians: Justin Masterson
    Royals: James Shields

    Astros: Bud Norris
    Rangers: Matt Harrison (seriously???)
    A’s: Brett Anderson
    Mariners: Felix Hernandez
    Angels: Jered Weaver

    Mets: Jonathan Niese
    Braves: Tim Hudson
    Phillies: Cole Hamels
    Marlins: Ricky Nolasco
    Nationals: Stephen Strasburg

    Reds: Johnny Cueto
    Cardinals: Adam Wainwright
    Cubs: Jeff Samardzija
    Pirates: A.J. Burnett
    Brewers: Yovani Gallardo

    Padres: Edinson Volquez
    Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw
    Giants: Matt Cain
    Diamondbacks: Ian Kennedy
    Rockies: Jhoulys Chacin

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  2. proudlycanadian - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    I remember Hammel. In one game against the Jays last season, he kept throwing the ball right over the middle of the plate with the result one would expect from poorly located pitches. He was hit hard and subsequently claimed that the Jays must have been stealing signs.

    • chuckleberry1974 - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:33 PM

      link please. cant find it.

      • proudlycanadian - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:38 PM

        I probably heard the Blue Jay broadcast team discuss it. It certainly happened. I did see the game and Hammel was hit hard. If you want to do your own research, go to and look at his performance against the Jays shortly before he went on the DL.

      • proudlycanadian - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:43 PM

        May 30, 2012. He gave up 9 hits including 4 home runs over 6.67 innings.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    • dirtyharry1971 - Mar 27, 2013 at 11:24 PM

      The jays can hit anyone, hammel could throw a 140mph heater and it would do him no good against that jays lineup. Is AA printing the WS tickets yet? Thats the real question here, not this junk!!

  3. ncm42 - Mar 28, 2013 at 2:28 AM

    He had a bad game. Obviously he’s no good. No good pitcher ever threw a stinker before.

  4. thesportsguy52 - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    As an Os fan I remember that game vividly. We were starting to slip a bit and had lost around 7 of 8. Hammel had done fairly well back from injury, but Encarnacion and the other jays hammered him. He was indeed just lobbing it right down the middle.

    It’s all about health for Hammel, but I look for our younger guys such as Tillman and Mike Gonzo to take on bigger roles.

  5. justwinsomeday - Mar 28, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    O’s season ticket holder (yes even through the terrible years) and I also remember the game referenced above. Classified as shet happens, who knows maybe they were and maybe they weren’t stealing signs. It absolutely happens, who doesn’t try……however Hammel deserves the opening day nod. He’s the most solid of the lot – right now.

    However the best two arms in the org are starting at double A and at least Gausman will be up just as soon as the date for the extra year of club control passes, assuming he performs as expected. Bundy still has some work to do but by August/Sept Hammel could be the 3rd or 4th best starter in the rotation (O’s fans hope….).

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