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Hunter to rejoin Orioles on Monday for series opener in Toronto

The Baltimore Sun

Right-hander Tommy Hunter, optioned to Double-A Bowie on Aug. 24, is expected to join the Orioles in Toronto on Monday and be activated before the team's afternoon series opener against the Blue Jays.

Hunter threw a scoreless ninth inning for the Baysox on Saturday night, earning the save. Showalter, who said Hunter was clocked at 96 mph, said he will be used as a reliever for the stretch run with the Orioles.

"Tommy's pitched some big games for us starting this year," Showalter said. "Some people would think he would be a good fit in the bullpen, too."

Site of Hammel's next start still undetermined

Showalter said he received positive reports on right-hander Jason Hammel's five-inning rehab start for Frederick, but said he's holding off on deciding whether Hammel will be activated this week until he throws his next bullpen session over the next two days.

The Orioles have yet to announce a starter for Wednesday's series finale in Toronto, but Hammel would likely start Thursday against the Yankees at Camden Yards if he's activated from the disabled list.

Hammel arrived in New York in the second inning of Sunday's game and will throw his next bullpen session in Toronto on either Monday or Tuesday.

Wieters raking against the Yankees

With his run-scoring single in Sunday's sixth inning, catcher Matt Wieters set a new Orioles record by hitting safely in his 14th straight game against the Yankees to start a season. The previous mark was held by Cal Ripken, Jr., who opened the 1996 season with a 13-game hitting streak against the Yankees.

The only other player in franchise history with a longer streak is Charlie Hemphill, who opened the 1907 season with the St. Louis Browns by hitting safely in his first 18 games against the Yankees. The Browns moved to Baltimore and became the Orioles before the 1954 season.

Around the horn

Right-fielder Nick Markakis is batting .343 (68-for-198) with 30 runs, five homers and 26 RBIs since coming off the DL after the All-Star break. … When Wolf made his Orioles debut on Sunday, he became the 50th different Oriole to play in a game. According to Elias, that is the fourth time in franchise history that the Orioles have used 50 or more players. They used 50 in 2000 and 2011 and 54 in 1955. They had losing records in each of those three years. … Sunday's victory clinched the Orioles' 25th series win this year, the most since 1997 — their most recent winning season — when they had 31.

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