Jason Hammel didn’t begin the scoreboard watching until the end of the sixth inning Sunday afternoon. The right-hander took his seat in the Orioles dugout and thought to himself how quickly his first start of the season was going.
He had thrown just 65 pitches through those six innings. He was making quick work of the Minnesota Twins with a bevy of ground-ball outs. His teammates started inching away from him on the bench.
"After a while you kind of realize, ‘Man, we're moving along here pretty quick. What's going on?'" Hammel said.
The 29-year-old watched as right-handers Jake Arrieta and Tommy Hunter opened the season with back-to-back sparkling starts —...