Orioles have three arms in play for Game 1 start
Hammel, Chen, Gonzalez lead candidates to face Yankees
ARLINGTON -- The Orioles' 5-1 win over the Texas Rangers on Friday night puts them in the American League Division Series, but which starter will get the ball in Sunday's Game 1 is undecided.
Baltimore will host its first postseason game in 15 years, and Jason Hammel, Wei-Yin Chen and Miguel Gonzalez are all in play to make the 6 p.m. ET start against the Yankees.
Hammel threw 73 pitches, with pitching coach Rick Adair in attendance, at the club's spring facility in Sarasota, Fla., on Monday, and has had no setbacks with his right knee. Hammel -- who went 8-6 with a 3.43 ERA -- was the Orioles' best starter despite battling right knee discomfort for most of the season. Gonzalez would be pitching on regular rest, although the club has preferred to give him extra rest when possible, while Chen -- who last pitched Monday -- would be going on an extra day.
The Orioles, who boarded a plane back to Baltimore following Friday's win, will have a workout at home early Saturday evening and are expected to announce their starter then.
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