As they try to rebound from a 5-4 walk-off loss to the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum, the Orioles will face right-hander Jason Hammel – Baltimore's Opening Day starter in 2013 – for the first time this season.
Hammel signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Cubs in the offseason and was dealt to Oakland along with Jeff Samardzija earlier this month.
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The Orioles player who has had the most success against Hammel? Catcher Nick Hundley, who is 7-for-14 with one homer and two RBIs. Most of those at-bats came in the National League when Hundley was with the San Diego Padres and Hammel was going through some up-and-down years with the Colorado Rockies.
Hammel’s pitching much better these days. He ranked 11th in the majors in opponents batting average (.227), 13th in opponents' on-base percentage (.275) and 18th in strikeout-to-walk ratio (4.12).
He is 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA in five career appearances in Oakland. Nick Markakis is 6-for-14 with one homer and five RBIs against Hammel in his career.
Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen owns a 3-0 record and 1.00 ERA in four career starts against Oakland. He tossed a career-high eight innings in his only previous start at O.co Coliseum on April 26, 2013.
Here are tonight’s starting lineups:
Nick Markakis RF
Steve Pearce LF
Adam Jones CF
Nelson Cruz DH
Chris Davis 1B
J.J. Hardy SS
Manny Machado 3B
Nick Hundley C
Jonathan Schoop 2B
Wei-Yin Chen LHP
Coco Crisp DH
Craig Gentry CF
Yoenis Cespedes LF
Josh Donaldson 3B
Derek Norris C
Jed Lowrie SS
Brandon Moss RF
Nate Freiman 1B
Nick Punto 2B
Jason Hammel RHP