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Orioles' Jason Hammel to start Friday; updates on Gonzalez, Norris, O'Day, Pearce

Orioles' Jason Hammel to start Friday; updates on Gonzalez, Norris, O'Day, Pearce

BOSTON – Orioles right-hander Jason Hammel will start Friday’s series opener in Tampa Bay, filling in for right-hander Miguel Gonzalez, who will miss his next turn in the rotation with a lingering right groin strain, manager Buck Showalter announced Tuesday.

But with nagging injuries to Gonzalez and right-hander Bud Norris, the Orioles’ starting rotation is in flux for their pivotal four-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Gonzalez, who left Sunday’s game in Toronto in the sixth inning after tweaking his groin, received treatment on the Orioles’ off day Monday and he played catch on Tuesday. Gonzalez said he hoped to try throwing a bullpen...

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