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No decision on Orioles' fifth starter

BALTIMORE -- With right-hander Jason Hammel moving his start from Friday to the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Dodgers, the Orioles will likely need a starter for Wednesday afternoon against Toronto.

The club does not want Hammel or Wei-Yin Chen, who is starting the second game of the twin bill, pitching on short rest. As a result, manager Buck Showalter said the the team would consider adding another pitcher because of the short week.

The available options would likely come from Triple-A Norfolk. One possibility is Zach Britton -- who started 39 games for the big league club in 2011 and '12.

"We'll see how these two games go," Showalter said. "It's not out of the equation. We'd rather not. It's not your typical back-to-back doubleheader. We're gonna have some time in between."

Showalter said the team began discussions about the option of bringing up another starter once the weather report showed the chances of playing on Friday were slim because of rain.

"It's more of a possibility we're gonna need a starting pitcher on Wednesday," Showalter said. "So, we have the options lined up -- and there are multiple options."

Todd Karpovich and Jeff Seidel are contributors to
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