Hammel Excelling In American League

Jason Hammel was given an opportunity. The starting pitcher was acquired by Baltimore from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for then Orioles ace Jeremy Guthrie before this season. The move has worked out amazingly for Baltimore.

Hammel is 7-2 with a 2.87 ERA this season and has quickly become on the league's most talked about pitchers. It isn't often that players can jump from the National League to the American league with such ease. Just ask Albert Pujols.

Hammel, who was acquired with reliever Matt Lindstrom has made a name for himself with the new look Orioles. Hammel's outing Saturday night against the Atlanta Braves proves that he is comfortable in his new role. The 29-year-old righty tosses a one-hit, two-walk shutout as the Orioles beat the Braves 6-0.

Technically Hammel started his career in the American League when he made his MLB debut with the Tampa Bay Rays in 1996. After three seasons in Tampa, Hammel went to Colorado. With the Rockies, he notched two 10 win seasons in 2009 and 2010. Hammel is 40-47 in his career with a 4.83 ERA.

Image: Hyosub Shin, MCT / Baltimore Sun

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