One of the most poorly kept secrets in the Orioles camp was confirmed on Wednesday: Jason Hammel was named as the team’s Opening Day starter.

Hammel will face Tampa Bay’s David Price on Tuesday at St. Petersburg, Fla.

Hammel, who was 8-6 with a 3.43 ERA last season, was considered the frontrunner for the spot all camp long, and it’s been obvious the team has been positioning him for the start.

Manager Buck Showalter tried to downplay the importance of the choice.

“We look it at as one of the five starters. He will be the first guy of the season,” Showalter said.

“It’s you’re going to pitch on this day. It happens to be Opening Day.”

Hammel, who said early in spring training that he contemplated the start, took the news in stride.

“It’s an honor. Very excited. Basically what it means is I get to be the one to get us off on the right foot. I don’t take that lightly. Very confident to come out and win there,” Hammel said.