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Hammel gets 1st spring start under his belt

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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The last of the Royals starters finally made his spring debut, as right-hander Jason Hammel tossed two scoreless innings in the Royals' 2-0 win over the Giants on Saturday.

Hammel, projected to be the team's No. 3 or No. 4 starter, admitted he might have been a bit amped up prior to the start after the long wait.

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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The last of the Royals starters finally made his spring debut, as right-hander Jason Hammel tossed two scoreless innings in the Royals' 2-0 win over the Giants on Saturday.

Hammel, projected to be the team's No. 3 or No. 4 starter, admitted he might have been a bit amped up prior to the start after the long wait.

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Hammel gave up two hits and walked a batter in the first inning.

"It's a get-your-work-in-type moment, yes," Hammel said. "But honestly, I think I blew everything I had in the bullpen. I warmed up there and I was great.

"For the first outing, for my routine this spring, this is the most I've thrown in one day. I definitely gassed myself in the bullpen a little bit."

Hammel walked none and struck out none. He threw 31 pitches, 17 for strikes.

It also was Hammel's first game situation with Salvador Perez behind the plate.

"For a big guy, he moves really well behind the plate," Hammel said. "He's got strong hands and makes pitches look better than they really are. Obviously, he's outstanding behind the dish."

Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

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