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CHICAGO -- Jason Hammel says potato chips have helped end chronic cramping issues. Jimmie Ward Super Bowl Jersey . Now the Chicago Cubs right-hander has enough salty snacks to last the rest of the season.Hammel was greeted at his Wrigley Field locker Wednesday morning by a 6-foot high stack of cardboard boxes filled with chips. They were a gift of Pennsylvania-based Utz.Thats classic, a smiling Hammel said. I should be well hydrated.Hammel left his July 7 start against Atlanta in the sixth inning when his right thumb cramped up on a humid day. Hammel has had cramping issues in the past, and his doctor told him potato chips would help.I looked at him like he had 10 eyes, Hammel said, before it started to make sense.Potatoes are obviously a good source of potassium, Hammel said. Carbs, youre burning off energy there. And salt, obviously. Its not the breakfast or type of meal of champions, but there are quirky things for everybody.The 33-year-old said he munched on sea salt and vinegar chips between innings Saturday in his last start. He outdueled Yu Darvish by allowing one run and three hits with seven strikeouts in a 4-1 victory over Texas. And he had no cramps.A new diet was born.What male doesnt look for a chance to eat more potato chips? Cubs manager Joe Maddon said.A sheepish Hammel, who is 8-5 with a 3.34 ERA, leaned on the five boxes of chips at his locker and insisted he wouldnt stray from an offseason conditioning program thats left him leaner and stronger in 2016.The misconception is all I do is eat chips, he said.So dont expect Hammel to morph into the look of hefty Mets right-hander Bartolo Colon, whom the Cubs were to face Wednesday.Hes probably never met a potato chip he didnt like, either, Maddon said. Marquise Goodwin Super Bowl Jersey . -- Catcher Brett Hayes has agreed to a $630,000, one-year contract with the Kansas City Royals, avoiding salary arbitration. Dee Ford Super Bowl Jersey . Cote was eligible to become a free agent Feb. 15. Cote helped running back Jon Cornish run for a league-high 1,813 rushing yards en route to being named the leagues most outstanding player. .B. -- The Baie-Comeau Drakkar took over sole possession of first place atop the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League on Thursday with their sixth straight win. Melbourne star onballer Jack Viney is facing a delayed start to the AFL preseason after undergoing hip surgery.The 2016 best-and-fairest winner will not resume full training until after Christmas, nor will key defender Tom McDonald who had surgery to fix a persistent shoulder complaint.Jack was experiencing hip pain throughout the year and had an operation post-season, Demons football manager Josh Mahoney said.The theory is the same with all of these players, so that we maximise their pre-seasons and were confident the surgery that Jacks had will allow him to complete the majority of pre-season post-Christmas.Viney was the shining light in Melbournes midfield this season, averaging 26 disposals, seven tackles and six clearances per game.The 22-year-old signed a three-year contract extension in May which will keep him with thee Demons until the end of 2020. Laken Tomlinson Super Bowl Jersey. McDonald, 24, has become one of the most durable players on the Demons young list, playing 104 games since making his debut at the end of 2011.He and utility Cameron Pedersen (shoulder) are expected to commence running when training resumes in November but will be held out of some drills.Aaron vandenBerg (ankle) also went under the knife and will face a delayed start to training in 2017.Mahoney said vandenBerg had been managing his ankle injury throughout the year and had always been scheduled to undergo surgery.Heritier Lumumba, who missed most of the year recovering from a concussion sustained in round six, is expected to return to training in November. ' ' '