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Worth noting

Jason Hammel will start Friday's game in Toronto in place of Bud Norris, the team announced prior to Wednesday's game. No reason was immediately given for the switch.

• Showalter said despite wanting to stay away from several guys in Tuesday's loss, including right-handers Darren O'Day and Tommy Hunter, he doesn't expect to add another pitcher to the team's 11-man bullpen. O'Day has been battling a physical issue, though Showalter declined to elaborate on it.

• Orioles attendance is up this year more than 15 percent and MASN's ratings are up more than 50 percent from 2012. Additionally, O's merchandise sales are up more than 89 percent, which is the biggest increase in baseball. Baltimore is on pace for the best regional-sports-network season rating on record (since 2001) and its highest attendance (at around 2.4 million) since 2005.

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli.
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