Jon Lester ponders nicknames for Jason Hammel

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Jason Hammel #39 of the Chicago Cubs pitches during a game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on June 1, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Cubs pitcher Jason Hammel beat the Miami Marlins, going 6 2/3 innings with 11 strikeouts and allowing just five hits and one run.

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The ace of the Cubs’ pitching staff Jon Lester is coming up with nicknames for Hammel after his dominant start to the season — the right-hander has 69 strikeouts and only seven walks through his first 10 starts this season.

The nicknames, Lester is pondering, are “Stop! Hammel time!” or “Going H.A.M.”

With or without a nickname, Hammel has pitch incredibly well this season, leading the Cubs with

four wins and a 2.82 ERA.

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