Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 4/8/12
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Baltimore Orioles starter Jason Hammel has a pair of tough acts to follow. Hammel is next in line Sunday for an Orioles rotation that has been spectacular as Baltimore tries for a season-opening three-game home sweep of the Minnesota Twins, seeking to avoid their first 0-3 start in 31 years. Baltimore (2-0), which opened 4-0 a year ago, has won six straight over Minnesota (0-2) by a combined score of 36-8. Jake Arrieta got the Orioles off to a strong start with seven scoreless innings in a 4-2 win Friday, before Tommy Hunter allowed two unearned runs over seven-plus innings Saturday en route to an 8-2 victory. "You see us getting deeper in the game with our starting pitching, we'll have some fun this year," manager Buck Showalter said. "It's two out of 162, but it's a good way to start." This is the first time the Orioles have had back-to-back starts of seven or more innings to open a season since 2001, when Pat Hentgen and Sidney Ponson did it. Jason Johnson also accomplished t...
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