"I feel like I need to express my condolences to Royals Nation and the Ventura family," he said, referring to the fatal car crash that claimed pitcher Yordano Ventura in his native Dominican Republic last month. "I truly feel if that unfortunate passing doesn't happen, you're not talking to me."
"It doesn't give me any extra confidence, I just go out there and pitch my game," said Hammel, who allowed one earned run on five hits with four strikeouts. "The numbers are the numbers and for whatever reason, that's the way it is. But it doesn't really make me feel any better about a matchup. I just feel like I work well against these guys — a right-handed heavy lineup, and it works well against my stuff."