SARASOTA, Fla. -- In his final spring outing,
, who will likely be the team's Opening Day starter, threw five innings against the
' Single-A minor leaguers on the back fields of Ed Smith Stadium.
Hammel allowed three runs -- all earned -- and three hits, striking out six and walking three. Unofficially, he threw 76 pitches, 47 strikes.
He initially struggled through a 23-pitch first inning that was ended after just two outs, but he overwhelmed hitters with his fastball-changeup-curveball combo as the outing progressed.
Because the Orioles'
In those games, Hammel allowed just one run and six hits in four innings. Those were both two-inning stints, so he's built up his innings and pitch counts while working on his pitches against minor league competition.
The Orioles will play Double-A and Triple-A level games at the Ed Smith Stadium complex again tomorrow. Left-hander