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Some thoughts from Orioles Opening Day starter Jason Hammel
Some thoughts from Orioles Opening Day starter Jason Hammel

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Orioles right-hander Jason Hammel will make his first career Opening Day start this afternoon against the Tampa Bay Rays. In today’s Baltimore Sun, Hammel talked about how the progress he made once he was demoted to the bullpen in the final weeks of the 2011 season in Colorado changed his career for the better. The 30-year-old Hammel was 8-6 with a 3.43 ERA in 20 starts last season, winning eight of his first 10 starts, but he missed nearly seven weeks after arthroscopic right-knee surgery and then reaggravated the injury in September. Hammel returned to start Games 1 and 5 of the American League Division Series, holding the Yankees to two runs over 5 2/3...

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